Forests and Maya Civilization

We as a society need to leave more forests on this Earth that we have found when we came here. Forests are the lungs of the Earth.

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For six centuries, the ancient Maya flourished, with more than a hundred city-states scattered across what is now southern Mexico and northern Central America. Then, in A.D. 695, the collapse of several cities in present day Guatemala marked the start of the Classic Maya’s slow decline. Prolonged drought is thought to have played a role,

The Maya may have made the droughts worse by clearing away forests for cities and crops, making a naturally drying climate drier.

More than 19 million people were scattered across the Maya empire at its height, between A.D. 250 and A.D. 900. Using population records and other data, the study authors reconstructed the progressive loss of rainforest across their territory as the civilization grew.

We need to learn from the past not to repeat it.

As crops like corn replace a forest’s dark canopy, more sunlight bounces back into space,  With the ground absorbing less energy from the sun, less water evaporates from the surface, releasing less moisture into the air to form rain-making clouds. “You basically slow things down—the ability to form clouds and precipitation,”

The Maya also lacked the technology to tap the groundwater several hundred feet beneath them. Their reservoirs and canals were able to store and distribute water when rain plentiful, but when the rain failed, they had nowhere to turn.

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