Mexican scientists finger volcanoes as a cause of Mayas’ collapse

Posted on December 18, 2011

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A just completed six year long study of the Maya city of Palenque found evidence that the city may have been destroyed by superheated volcanic gases and covered with ash. Acid rain caused by volcanoes and volcanic ash continue to severely damage the ruins.

MEXICO CITY, DF – Mexico’s government issued a report on December 17, 2011 that continued a volcanic eruption alert for Mexico City. The massive volcano, Popocatépetl, has awakened.  While people around the world debate the meaning of the Maya calendar’s end in December of 2012, Mexican government leaders and scientists must face a far more definite threat – massive casualties and property damage from a volcanic eruption near one of its major cities.  Mexico City is ringed by active, dormant and hopefully, extinct volcanoes.  Its metropolitan area of 21.2 million inhabitants, sits in the shadow of Popocatépetl, which is one of the most violent volcanoes in Mexico. It is (18,491 ft (5,636 m) high.

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