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Mud at the bottom of a Mexican lake holds secrets about the Maya empire's demise

The ancient Maya faced severe drought, according to a mineral deposit.
View of Lake Chichancanab

Lake Chichancanab gets its name from the Yucatec Maya word for ‘little sea,’ because its water is naturally so salty.

Mark Brenner

A special lake lies in the heart of the Yucatán Peninsula, the tail end of Mexico that sticks up into the Gulf. It's uniqueness? The loch is sealed with a clay bottom: the only way for water to enter is by rainfall, the

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