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https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-14-1253-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-14-1253-2018
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20 Aug 2018
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Climate impact on the development of Pre-Classic Maya civilisation

Kees Nooren, Wim Z. Hoek, Brian J. Dermody, Didier Galop, Sarah Metcalfe, Gerald Islebe, and Hans Middelkoop

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We present two new palaeoclimatic records for the central Maya lowlands, adding valuable new insights to the impact of climate change on the development of Maya civilisation. Lake Tuspan's diatom record is indicative of precipitation changes at a local scale, while a beach ridge elevation record from the world's largest late Holocene beach ridge plain provides a regional picture.