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Press Release 14-032
Climate of Genghis Khan's ancient time extends long shadow over Asia of today

Current drought in Mongolia could have serious consequences

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View of the modern-day Orkhon Valley near Karakorum

View of the modern-day Orkhon Valley near Karakorum, the ancient Mongol capital.

Credit: Amy Hessl


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Illustration showing Genghis Khan on the throne surrounded by people

Genghis Khan was enthroned in the year 1206; climate played a large part in his empire's success.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons


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Tents at the site in Mongolia where researchers worked

The site in Mongolia where the team stayed while collecting data.

Credit: Amy Hessl


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A dired Siberian pine tree in central Mongolia

A Siberian pine tree in central Mongolia; the trees hold records of past precipitation.

Credit: Neil Pederson


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Scientist Amy Hessl holding a cross-section of wood from a preserved log.

Scientist Amy Hessl holding a cross-section of wood from a preserved log.

Credit: Kevin Krajick


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Researcher Sanaa Byambasuren and geographer Amy Hessl holding a section of a tree

Researcher Sanaa Byambasuren working with geographer Amy Hessl.

Credit: Kevin Krajik


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