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Demise of Ancient City of Angkor attributed to drought

A study of sediments found in a resevoir in the ancient city of Angkor has revealed a significant drop in water levels at the same the Khmer Empire collapsed.

As both water levels and sediment deposits ebbed, the ecology of the baray changed as well, with more bottom-dwelling algae and floating plants coming into existence.

“The ecological shift primarily serves to underline how environmental conditions in the West Baray have been fundamentally different since the 17th century, post-collapse, as compared to what the baray was like during Angkorian times,” Day said.

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Story: Charles Choi, LiveScience | Photo: Mary Beth Day, University of Cambridge

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