Climate and the Khan

A fortuitous shift in weather patterns fueled the Mongol Empire's explosive growth 800 years ago. But will a less favorable change, currently underway, result in catastrophe?

RELATED TAGS: CLIMATE CHANGE, ARCHAEOLOGY
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Dense clouds suffocate the sky over Mongolia’s Khangai mountain range, and Amy Hessl, by her own admission, is about to cry. She sprawls on the dry, scrubby ground, defeated. As the temperature drops on this early June day and the clouds give way to icy raindrops, all Hessl can mutter is, “I feel sick.” Hessl, a geographer from West Virginia University, studies tree rings for what they can tell us about climate and past environments. She’s come to Mongolia to investigate ...
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