Climate and the Collapse of Maya Civilization

@article{Haug2003ClimateAT,
  title={Climate and the Collapse of Maya Civilization},
  author={Gerald H. Haug and Detlef G{\"u}nther and Larry C. Peterson and Daniel M. Sigman and Konrad A. Hughen and Beat Aeschlimann},
  journal={Science},
  year={2003},
  volume={299},
  pages={1731 - 1735}
}
In the anoxic Cariaco Basin of the southern Caribbean, the bulk titanium content of undisturbed sediment reflects variations in riverine input and the hydrological cycle over northern tropical South America. A seasonally resolved record of titanium shows that the collapse of Maya civilization in the Terminal Classic Period occurred during an extended regional dry period, punctuated by more intense multiyear droughts centered at approximately 810, 860, and 910 A.D. These new data suggest that a… 

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