Mayan Disappearance

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The Mysterious Disappearance of The Mayan Empire; What Caused The Empire To Collapse? The Mayan people are a great fascination. They were creative, original, different and left a great mystery for today’s new world to explore. The Mayans were an ancient native American civilization who were known to be one of the most advanced civilizations in Mesoamerica today. They never progressed past the stone age to have seen advanced inventions like the wheel or other metal work that would have aided them in their architecture, but yet amazing detailed structures still stands today that tells the many stories of the past lives of these ancient people. They built their land and occupied a region that today we know it as Guatemala or southern Mexico and …show more content…
Drought is a prolonged absence of something specific. In the Mayans case the specific absence would be rainfall. Big droughts have led to many migrations amongst humans in history to get away. Drought is the most modern theory that lives on today and is made to be most reasonable for their disappearance. Scientist holds this to be the most reasonable because “mineral deposits in the Great Blue Hole — a 1,000-foot crater about 40 miles off the coast of Belize” (Moyer, Washington post). The researchers found that maybe “one or two tropical cyclones every two decades, as opposed to the usual five or six” (Moyer, Washington post). Tropical cyclones are storms that can bring water to the region, in which they were seeing less of them. Though Drought relates to the environmental changes explained above but it’s in a different matter. Drought caused severe dry regions, as well as “thin tropical soil, … drying up surface water, the absence of ground water … absence of river systems…” (Summary of theories about the collapse of the Maya). Water was very dependent upon for the Mayans at that time and their environment could not provide enough of it. The lack of water did not only cause difficulty for agriculture but a problem for the Mayans over population and health as well. If they did not have rain, they had no food and if they had no food, they die. The climate limited the amount of food to produce so it could support the population, and when the population increased the farmers were forced to use other techniques to increase production on the land. This made life a bit harder forcing the Mayans into city states

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