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    DescriptionBetween AD 800 and 1000, during what is known as the Classic Maya Collapse, unrelenting drought caused the deaths of millions of Maya people and initiated a cascade of internal collapses that destroyed their civilisation. Linking global, regional, and local climate change, the author explores how atmospheric processes, volcanism, ocean currents, and other natural forces combined to create a climate that pried apart the highly complex civilisation of the tropical Maya Lowlands in the ninth and tenth centuries. Drawing on knowledge of other prehistoric and historic droughts, this is a compelling study of the relationship of humans to their natural and physical environment. The author develops a new, scientific explanation of why the Classic Maya failed to adjust their behaviour and culture to the climatic conditions, and why civilisations in general sometimes collapse in the face of radical environmental change.


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    Title
    The Great Maya Droughts
    Subtitle
    Water, Life and Death
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richardson B. Gill
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 839 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780826327741
    ISBN 10: 0826327745
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3F
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLCG
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    DC22: 930.1
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 03
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, SOC021000
    B&T Approval Code: A17782400
    DC21: 972.81016
    BIC subject category V2: 3F
    B&T Approval Code: A17150000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KLCG
    Thema V1.0: NK, NHKA
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    maps and charts
    Publisher
    University of New Mexico Press
    Imprint name
    University of New Mexico Press
    Publication date
    15 April 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Albuquerque, NM
    Author Information
    Richardson B Gill
    Review quote
    ." . . the author presents his case in a direct, matter-of-fact way that's accessible even to non-scientists. . . . ["The Great Maya Droughts" is] a benchmark for applying 'hard' science principles to what has been seen as a 'soft science.'"
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    Proposes a long sought solution to the mystery of the collapse of the Maya civilization: a series of severe droughts during the ninth and tenth centuries which brought famine, thirst, and death to the Maya lowlands.