Climate and Civilization: The Maya Example

This activity uses geophysical and geochemical data to determine climate in Central America during the recent past and to explore the link between climate (wet periods and drought) and population growth/demise among the Maya. Students use ocean drilling data to interpret climate and to consider the influence of climate on the Mayan civilization.

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Katherine Ellins
Jeri Rodgers
James Cano
Texas Earth and Space Science Revolution

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Students will possibly need help with Excel.

Ideally educator would include information on dating techniques to increase the students' understanding of the scientific process.

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