Geologists have named a new cause of the collapse of the Mayan Empire
MOSCOW — RIA Novosti. The city-state of Indians of the Maya could disappear not only because of the prolonged drought, but also due to massive deforestation and soil degradation, say geologists in an article published in the journal Nature Geoscience.
“Today, these parts of the jungle look like a real primeval forest. But if you look at the soil, it is possible to understand that ecosystems in the distant past survived a dramatic collapse and never fully recovered,” says Peter Douglas (Peter Douglas) from McGill University in Montreal (Canada).
Mysteries Of Yucatan
The Maya civilization existed for several thousand years, leaving many “dead cities” and cultural monuments in the Yucatan Peninsula, disappeared from the face of the Earth about the ninth century BC, when most of the city-States of the Maya were abandoned by their inhabitants. The causes of this civilizational collapse are still the subject of debate among scientists.