Belize's ‘Blue Hole’ revealed clues regarding the real reasons behind the disappearance of the Mayan population.

Belize’s ‘Blue Hole’ has been at the center of scientific debate for years. In fact, in recent years – scientists have begun wondering what the sediment trap could tell us about years past – with regards to how the climate has evolved throughout history. Now, scientists believe that they have been able to identify the chief reason why the Mayans’ actually disappeared from the Earth.

The results showed that an extreme dry spell was the root cause of the issue. In fact, the scientists found through the sediment samples that they took that there was a major shift for roughly 100 years. Between 800 and 900 A.D. scientists have pointed to an extreme dry spell that caused the population to part ways and ultimately fall apart.

Even though the population did live on, after they migrated north temporarily and then returned south when the temperatures and rain returned to what they had experienced as normal – they again disappeared just a few hundred years later. For roughly 400 years the Mayans’ did very well in the Yucatan peninsula. However, even though the civilization only lasted for a few hundred years – they were collectively one of the most-advanced civilizations of all-time.

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They developed massive structures, had a calendar and writing system that could rival almost any advanced system – and even dabbled in, and mastered astronomy. This though just reinforces the role that climate change can play in the overall survival of a civilization. At the end of the day, massive climate change – like an extended draught – can destroy any civilization unless extreme planning and development is involved.

This was a population that didn’t see this coming, and at the end of the day – they were ended because of that. Their original homes were made uninhabitable and once that happened the entire structure fell apart that held their civilization together. This though isn’t the first time that drought has been tied to the end of the Mayan civilization. The Blue Hole though provides new insights into how the entire world at that end might have looked and functioned at that time. While the civilization flourished initially, they saw their demise come from an extreme and long-term drought.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. “sentiment samples”? I didn’t know they could read people’s moods from thousands of years ago. Perhaps “sediment samples” is more appropriate?

    • Ya beat me to it…
      “The results showed that an extreme dry spell was the root cause of the issue. In fact, the scientists found through the sentiment samples that they took that there was a major shift for roughly 100 years. Between 800 and 900 A.D. scientists have pointed to an extreme dry spell that caused the population to part ways and ultimately fall apart.”

      Fire the Editors… :^D

  2. Even America lacks the extreme planning the west is going to need.
    We thought we had it but we failed big just ask the almond growers.

    It was stupid to grow trees where they did because the water could get cut off and
    they took there chances but we know politics dont stick to the rules if you have enough money to line the pockets of politicians they will change the rules and force the hardship on those with less money just how it works.

    And when the going get really tough and more is on the line than just a few trees wait till you see what happens when a whole city is told there is not enough water for all.

    Yes the poor will have to leave.

    • Copy editors are a thing of the past. So is print on paper. Likewise responsible journalism. It’s all about selling print as fast as possible. There is no room for verification of facts much less grammatical accuracy. (Didn’t I just misspell the word “grammatical”? It’s OK though, my built-in spell checker caught it. Apparently those responsible for a sad amount of on-line content have theirs turned off.

  3. California’s 38 million residents also live in a Fool’s Paradise. The past 100 years have been among the wettest of the past 7,000 years, and the current droughts are nothing compared to what the area now known as California normally experiences. Fortunately, when all seems lost, the next generation of nuclear energy will save the day by providing almost unlimited inexpensive energy to power California and desalinate sea water. There will be so much cheap power that big electric fans will be used to power the now-rarely turning wind turbines, and large lamps will shine on the solar arrays to help them demonstrate their pathetic capabilities. The vast wind and solar installations will be part of a museum of the absurd, kept intact to demonstrate the mass psychosis that ruled our politics and science during the Dark Ages of Green Activism. Bad ideas need monuments too, because without them stupidity is too soon forgotten.

  4. Oh you mean they did not have big SUV, nuclear power, hairspray, gas guzzling sports car, 24 hour industrial factories etc and this happened? Got ya. Climate change all the time!

  5. “one of the most-advanced civilizations of all-time.” and they didn’t see that comming?? sorry not a satisfying answer on why the mayan disappeared.

  6. It was anthropogenic global warming. The liberal/progressives among them told them that crushing corn with rocks would cause drought but no one listened.

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