Collapse of Maya civilization tied to drought: study

Collapse of Maya civilization tied to drought: study

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WASHINGTON — A long catastrophic drought led to the collapse of Maya culture, a new study said Thursday, confirming a controversial hypothesis linking its demise to climate change.

The study, published in Friday’s issue of the journal “Science,” involved an international team of researchers.

“The rise and fall of Mayan civilization is an example of a sophisticated civilization failing to adapt successfully to climate change,” said James Baldini of Britain’s Durham University.

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