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Huge Ancient Civilizationís Collapse Explained
LiveScience ^ | 5-28-2012 | Charles Choi

Posted on 05/29/2012 5:32:20 AM PDT by Renfield

The mysterious fall of the largest of the world's earliest urban civilizations nearly 4,000 years ago in what is now India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh now appears to have a key culprit — ancient climate change, researchers say.

Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia may be the best known of the first great urban cultures, but the largest was the Indus or Harappan civilization. This culture once extended over more than 386,000 square miles (1 million square kilometers) across the plains of the Indus River from the Arabian Seato the Ganges, and at its peak may have accounted for 10 percent of the world population. The civilization developed about 5,200 years ago, and slowly disintegrated between 3,900 and 3,000 years ago — populations largely abandoned cities, migrating toward the east....

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: archaeology; bangladesh; bolide; catastrophism; charleschoi; climate; godsgravesglyphs; gujarat; gulfofcambay; gulfofcambray; harappan; harappans; impact; india; indus; indusvalley; nepal; pakistan; stalactites; stalagmites
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I need to point out an inaccuracy in the article. Graham Hancock, Dale Drinnon and other researchers have demonstrated that this civilization actually started much earlier (as early as 9,000 years ago), as a coastal civilization, which was drowned as glaciers melted after the end of the Younger Dryas period. The society discussed in the article was but a remnant of that earlier civilization.
1 posted on 05/29/2012 5:32:30 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

PIng.


2 posted on 05/29/2012 5:33:11 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

“Ancient climate change”, at a time when there were no nasty SUVs emitting CO2 into the atmosphere.


3 posted on 05/29/2012 5:41:45 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: Renfield

I didn’t realize that they had SUV’s 3,000 years ago to cause global warming.


4 posted on 05/29/2012 5:45:12 AM PDT by No Socialist
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To: PapaBear3625

FEAR climate change!

Fear it!

Seems to be everything we hear.


5 posted on 05/29/2012 5:45:17 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: PapaBear3625

It was the sacred cow farts what did it!


6 posted on 05/29/2012 5:46:57 AM PDT by ChoobacKY
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To: Renfield

George W. Tutankhamun’s fault.


7 posted on 05/29/2012 5:53:40 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (i a m t h e m a r g i n o f e r r e r)
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It happened before Bush..

...therefore, Global Warming.


8 posted on 05/29/2012 5:59:41 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. Be for Goode.)
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To: Renfield

Run for your lives!!! We’re all gonna die!!!!!


9 posted on 05/29/2012 6:09:57 AM PDT by iceskater (I am a Carnivore Conservative - No peas for me. (h/t N.Theknow))
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To: Renfield

it was nuclear war, right?


10 posted on 05/29/2012 6:10:04 AM PDT by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: InvisibleChurch
George W. Tutankhamun’s fault.

That's what Algore Hatsepshut said.

11 posted on 05/29/2012 6:15:24 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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Sethi Clinton: Let the letter “W” be stricken from every book and tablet, stricken from all pylons and obelisks, stricken from every monument of Egypt. Let the letter “W” be unheard and unspoken, erased from the memory of men for all time.


12 posted on 05/29/2012 6:21:31 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (i a m t h e m a r g i n o f e r r e r)
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Mi<“Ancient climate change”, at a time when there were no nasty SUVs emitting CO2 into the atmosphere.

Yes, all they had as a fuel supply was a renewable, sustainable resource whose combustion products were recombinable into more fuel and oxidizing gas by an endless stream of photons. /s

13 posted on 05/29/2012 6:29:21 AM PDT by imardmd1 (I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree ...)
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To: PapaBear3625

In the article it says All climate is driven by the sun. When this point is brought up it is discounted as irrelevant to climate change. Always makes me suspicions


14 posted on 05/29/2012 6:33:25 AM PDT by wmap
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


15 posted on 05/29/2012 6:45:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Just like we’re supposed to scream at right wingers that HUSSEIN IS A CITIZEN AND IS ELIGIBLE, YOU MORON!

Now we’re supposed to scream “Climate change is REAL, you moron!”

I’s so much easier to deprive Americans of their inalienable rights when they agree with Big Media’s headlines.


16 posted on 05/29/2012 7:14:32 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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Was the civilization wiped out by the 1990s style global warming or the 1970s style global cooling. I ask because global cooling is more likely to reduce agricultural production leading to mass starvation.
17 posted on 05/29/2012 7:18:33 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: SunkenCiv

I guess “they got too big” is too simple an explanation for the academics.


18 posted on 05/29/2012 7:54:34 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Renfield

Thanks for this thread.


19 posted on 05/29/2012 7:57:51 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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We’re all gonna die!!!!!

That's a key leftist goal: have most of us die off so we stop causing them so much envious pain. It's funny how they frame their socialist sales pitch the reverse of what appeals to leftists. We can turn this tactic around, have ads that say "Buy an SUV so the Jones next door die off sooner!", "Eat more beef so more Chinese starve!"

20 posted on 05/29/2012 8:17:00 AM PDT by Reeses
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