The Blue Holes of Belize Offer Answers to the Demise of the Maya

The brilliant blue lagoons, and mysterious aquatic holes, off the coast of Belize have produced evidence that suggests the demise of the ancient Central American people, known as the Maya, may have been due to a century long drought.


The Mayans were an enigmatic and proud, ancient warrior people of Central America. This race of man, whose destiny has been lost in the endless sea of time, flourished for centuries, in a lush tropical environment. They built massive structures of stone, that erupted from the fertile Earth and reached to dizzying heights. They observed the stars and created advanced astrological calendars according to the sky’s decree, some believe that they had even predicted the end of modern humanity’s reign. Since the discovery of their existence, tangled in floral tendrils of Central America, men of science and other great minds have pondered, as what led to their demise. The few clues that remained from these proud warriors, produced puzzling enigmas, each more abstract than the last. We speculated that the Mayan people may have terminated their own existence, due to their lust for conflict and war. We speculated that beings who possessed superior intelligence, from distant cosmos, may have taken them. How, we would have vainly pondered until our own demise, if sedimentary evidence, discovered in the ‘Blue Holes’ of Belize, hadn’t been recently discovered.

Samples of minerals and sediment taken from the waters of the Blue Hole, and surrounding areas, show signs that an extreme drought is the most reasonable explanation for the civilizations explainable disappearance. The drought is believed to have begun around 800 A.D and continued for at least a century. This hundred year time frame creates a correlation between the Mayan people’s demise and a lack of usable water, integral for the day-to-day lives of the ancient people.

Over the last 20 years, scientists have theorized a massive drought to be the cause of the Maya’s demise, but until the recent samples were analyzed from the Blue Hole, the theory lacked solid evidence to support its claims. In 2012, a 2,000 year-old stalagmite removed from a cave in southern Belize, produced indications of drought, due to a massive drop in precipitation, that had occurred between during the same century long era, as the mineral samples from the Blue Hole region. However, as compelling as the results from the 2012 stalagmite were, it only proved that a drought had occurred in the location.

In conclusion, both samples together illustrate a severe drought, that engulfed a massive region of Central America, producing a substantial ecological catastrophe, which aided in the Mayan people’s demise.


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