(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1996)

Document title

Climate variability on the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) during the past 3500 years, and implications for Maya cultural evolution

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Dept. of Geology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, ETATS-UNIS


This study reconstructs climate variability on the Yucatan Peninsula during the late Holocene (last 3310 C 14 yr) by measuring oxygen isotopes of ostracod and gastropod shells from sediments of Lake Punta Laguna, Quintana Roo. The paleoclimate of the region is important because the Maya Civilization developed in Mesoamerica about 3000 years ago and, mysteriously collapsed around 800 to 900 A.D. The paleoclimatic record provides evidence that multi-decadal and millenial-scale changes in E/P occured on the Yucatan Peninsula during the late Holocene. These wet/dry periodes may have influenced cultural evolution in Mesoamerica


Article of periodic

published at : Quaternary research / ISSN 0033-5894 / CODEN QRESAV

Editor : Elsevier, San Diego, CA - ETATS-UNIS (1970)

Millesime : 1996, vol. 46, no1 [pp. 37-47]

Bibliographic references : 54 ref.

Collation : Illustration ;



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15739

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