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2012-05-29. An Ancient Civilization, Upended by Climate Change

posted Jun 5, 2012, 11:49 AM by Lisa Ou   [ updated Jun 5, 2012, 11:51 AM ]
 | by Rachel Nuwer, The NY Times. An article relevant to GSS Life and Climate chapter 12. Excerpt: A group of geologists, geomorphologists, archaeologists and mathematicians who joined forces to answer a question that has dogged scholars for centuries: what became of the Indus civilization? This colossal civilization rose about 4,500 years ago, flourished for 600 years and then began a steady and relentless decline. Previous scholars hypothesized that regional strife or a foreign invasion led to its unraveling, while others suggested that environmental factors may have been to blame. The researchers who took part in the new study...had a hunch that the latter theory was correct. “What we thought was missing was how to link climate to people,” said Liviu Giosan, a geologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and the lead author of the study. “The answer came when we looked at the wide-scale morphology.”.... Read more: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/an-ancient-civilization-upended-by-climate-change/