Real Mayan Apocalypse May Have Been Their Own Fault
Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer
Date: 05 December 2011 Time: 03:34 PM ET
Some believe the end of the Mayan calendar, Dec. 21, 2012,
will usher in a new spiritual era or even a doomsday. And new research suggests the civilization's demise long ago may have been partly their own doing.
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Deforestation in Central America before Europeans arrived contributed to drought in the region, according to the research presented today (Dec. 5) here at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Researchers have long suspected that drought contributed to the demise of Mayan civilization, though other factors such as conflicts and overpopulation may have also hastened the Maya's doom.
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