Did poor environmental practices doom the Mayans?



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    No one knows for certain what caused the downfall of the Mayan Civilization, but two of the most likely theories are that a peasant revolt led to an overthrow of the Mayan hierarchy, leaving the nobles, who did not know how, to tend the land, and the other is that agricultural abuse led to a lack of resources.  Common problems with mayan agricultural abuse were soil exhaustion, erosion, and water loss.  Their technique of slashing and burning forests also may have led to the evacuation and scattering of local wildlife, which would have had adverse effects on the people as well. 

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