June 15 2016 - Mark Brenner

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Climate and Environment of the Maya Lowlands, Then and Now

with Mark Brenner, Ph.D. of the University of Florida

The Maya Lowlands comprise an environmentally diverse region that possesses a wealth of natural resources. The modern Maya of the area utilize the rock, water, soils, plants and animals in much the same way their ancestors did. A “visual expedition” around the Yucatan Peninsula reveals the physical and biological diversity of the region and illustrates how local inhabitants exploit the resource base. Recent studies of lake sediment cores and cave stalagmites elucidate the long-term interactions among the ancient Maya, climate and environment.

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