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For many years they have been doing studies on the Mayan civilization and many of its features. One of the most recent reveals the impact that the Mayan civilization had on the environment 2,000 years ago region of. These consequences can be observed today, as reflected in a study carried out by the University of Texas, in the United States.
The University of Texas Professor of Geography and Environment, also an author of the study, Tim Beach, I declare that:
Most sources speak about the importance of human impact on the Environment since the Industrial Revolution, although we investigated a history in more depth despite the fact that there is no doubt that the damage accelerated during the last century, despite which had its beginnings long before.
As the group of researchers has analyzed, the impact of the Mayans on climate, vegetation, lithosphere and hydrology, were factors that affected the ecosystem of important tropical forests. For this reason, the soil of the wetlands contained a high index of carbon isotopes due to agriculture and maize production, while the amounts of phosphorus in the sediments increased between three and four times at that time.
The most visual indication of Impact of the Mayans on the Environment it was found in attempts to modify the natural landscape. The report reveals that: “Geochemical changes tell us that some wetlands were natural, while others were artificially created to grow products away from towns”.
They have also revealed that much can be learned about how the Mayans could respond to rising sea levels and they had the ability to create different artificial fields to cultivate.
The researchers argue that many tropical lowlands that still exist today are still under the influence of the activities carried out hundreds of years ago by the Mayans, since the wetlands and structures of that time still exist. The work talks about history and also about the complexity of human interactions with nature.
It is demonstrated that the footprint of the Mayans is still very present today and surely with the investigations that are being carried out, discoveries will continue to be made, if not of this, of other ancient civilizations.
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