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    DescriptionThe innovative study argues that he collapse of Classic Maya civilization was driven by catastrophic drought. Between A.D. 800 and 1000, unrelenting drought killed millions of Maya people with famine and thirst and initiated a cascade of internal collapses that destroyed their civilization. Linking global, regional, and local climate change, the author explores how atmospheric processes, volcanism, ocean currents, and other natural forces combined to create the dry climate that pried apart the highly complex civilization in the tropical Maya Lowlands in the ninth and tenth centuries. Drawing on knowledge of other prehistoric and historic droughts, The Great Maya Droughts is a useful study of the relationship of humans to their natural and physical environment. The author tries to understand why the Classic Maya failed to adjust their behavior and culture to the climatic conditions and why civilizations in general sometimes collapse in the face of radical environmental change.

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    Great Maya Droughts
    Water, Life and Death
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richardson B. Gill
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 248 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 1,021 g
    ISBN 13: 9780826321947
    ISBN 10: 0826321941

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLC
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS007000
    DC21: 972.81016
    Illustrations note
    University of New Mexico Press
    Imprint name
    University of New Mexico Press
    Publication date
    01 July 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Albuquerque, NM