Climate and Civilization: The Maya Example

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

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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.

Subject: Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Natural causes, Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Impacts of climate change, Natural causes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather
Resource Type: Activities
Special Interest: Hazards
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water, Weather, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Atmospheric Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Hazards