A Variable Sun and the Maya Collapse

  title={A Variable Sun and the Maya Collapse},
  author={Richard A. Kerr},
  pages={1293 - 1293}
  • R. Kerr
  • Published 18 May 2001
  • Environmental Science
  • Science
PALEOCLIMATEOn page [1367][1] of this issue, paleoclimatologists argue that subtle variations in the sun's brightness helped trigger a drastic climate change, and that, in turn, played a role in the downfall of a whole civilization. Drawing on a mucky lake-bottom core from the YucatAin Peninsula, home to ancient Mayas, they confirm that the area's worst drought in many millennia struck just as Maya civilization began its accelerating decline. That drought was only one of many that tended to… 
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