Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Key To Incan Civilization

It has always been somewhat of a mystery as to how the Incan Civilization was able to survive for such a long period of time. They had no written form of language and their heritage was destructed by the Spanish people so little is known about their rise to power. However, a recent study has found that an increase in climate change over the 400 years the Inca ruled, may have helped them prosper. The scientists who have studied this theory have discovered that the layers of sediment found in the jungles that were the Incan empire show just how many trees and plants were able to grow. With the increase in temperature, the agriculture of Incan civilization prospered greatly. This kind of weather acted as the perfect "incubator" for the Incan people. As paleontologist Alex Chepstow-Lusty points out, "Climate warming does not always have to be a negative issue. Our research shows it can favor societal development." Maybe the climate change the world is going through right now is not such a bad thing after all.

-TJ J., period 7

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