Carbon reserves in Central American soils still affected by ancient Mayan deforestation: Finding underscores potential impact of soil management on future greenhouse-gas levels

Carbon reserves in Central American soils still affected by ancient Mayan deforestation: Finding underscores potential impact of soil management on future greenhouse-gas levels

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Deforestation is suspected to have contributed to the mysterious collapse of Mayan civilization more than 1,000 years ago. A new study shows that the forest-clearing also decimated carbon reservoirs in the tropical soils of the Yucatan peninsula region long after ancient cities were abandoned and the forests grew back.

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