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An ancient civilization's wet ascent, dry demise

Newly documented climate shifts helped shape Classic Maya destiny

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3:41pm, November 8, 2012

Classic Maya civilization rose and fell with the rains.

This once-majestic society, known for massive pyramids and hieroglyphic writing, expanded during an unusually rainy time and declined as the sky’s spigots dried up and periodic droughts arrived, a new study suggests.

A 2,000-year climate record, gleaned from a

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