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Long series of droughts doomed Mexican city 1,000 years ago


January 27, 2015

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The former city and now archaeological site called Cantona in the highlands east of Mexico City appears to have been abandoned nearly 1,000 years ago as a result of a prolonged dry spell that lasted about 650 years, according to a new study by the University of California, Berkeley, geographers. The dry period, characterized by a long series of droughts, occurred during a nearly 2,000-year-long period of increasing aridity throughout Mesoamerica that impacted other civilizations. Full Story

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