Terminal Classic drought in the northern Maya lowlands inferred from multiple sediment cores in Lake Chichancanab (Mexico)

  title={Terminal Classic drought in the northern Maya lowlands inferred from multiple sediment cores in Lake Chichancanab (Mexico)},
  author={David A. Hodell and Mark Brenner and Jason H. Curtis},
  journal={Quaternary Science Reviews},

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  • B. Leyden
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    Ancient Mesoamerica
  • 2002
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Stratigraphic shifts in the oxygen isotopic (δ18O) and trace element (Mg and Sr) composition of biogenic carbonate from tropical lake sediment cores are often interpreted as a proxy record of the

Solar Forcing of Drought Frequency in the Maya Lowlands

It is concluded that a significant component of century-scale variability in Yucatan droughts is explained by solar forcing, and some of the maxima in the 208-year drought cycle correspond with discontinuities in Maya cultural evolution, suggesting that the Maya were affected by these bicentennial oscillations in precipitation.

Climate and the Collapse of Maya Civilization

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.

Climate and prehistory on the Yucatan peninsula

Long held notions that climate has been stable over the Yucatan peninsula and that today's climate is an accurate reflection of past climates here are being challenged today by a number of