Collapse of Classic Maya Civilization Related to Modest Reduction in Precipitation

  title={Collapse of Classic Maya Civilization Related to Modest Reduction in Precipitation},
  author={Mart{\'i}n Medina‐Elizalde and Eelco J. Rohling},
  pages={956 - 959}
How Dry They Were How much rainfall failure contributed to the disintegration of classical Maya civilization? Medina-Elizalde and Rohling (p. 956) analyzed records from three lakes and a stalagmite from the Yucatán Peninsula to quantify the change in precipitation that the region experienced between 800 to 1000 years A.D. Precipitation decreased episodically for up to a decade at a time and in total by as much as 40% during the 200 years of the civilization's fall, probably as a result of a… 
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