Temperature Variability and the Northern Anasazi: Possible Implications for Regional Abandonment

  title={Temperature Variability and the Northern Anasazi: Possible Implications for Regional Abandonment},
  author={Matthew W Salzer},
  pages={295 - 318}
  • M. Salzer
  • Published 1 January 2000
  • Geography, Environmental Science
  • KIVA
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