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Paleo Slide Set: Climate and the Classic Maya Civilization
Lake Chichancanab looking towards the eastern hills.
Scientists reconstructed the past climate of the Maya civilization by studying lake sediment cores on the Yucatan Peninsula. The first area of study, Lake Chichancanab, is located in the center of the Yucatan. Lake Chichancanab is a long (26-km), narrow (2 km) lake, consisting of a series of basins that are connected during high water level. Sediment cores were collected from the central basin in a water depth of 6.9 m. The lake lies in a fault depression caused by normal faulting. The steep hills on the eastern side of the lake represent the fault line.

Photo Credits:
David A. Hodell
Department of Geology, University of Florida
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