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Climate change wiped out one of the world’s first, great civilisations more than 4,000 years ago

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EDDIE WRENN
UK Daily Mail
May 29, 2012

Climate change led to the collapse of the ancient Indus civilization more than 4,000 years ago, archaeologists believe.

The Indus civilization was the largest – but least known – of the first great urban cultures that also included Egypt and Mesopotamia.

The empire stretched over more than a million square kilometers across the plains of the Indus River from the Arabian Sea to the Ganges, over what is now Pakistan, northwest India and eastern Afghanistan.

Now for the first time scientists believe they have discovered that climate change was a key ingredient in the collapse of the civilisation.

The study also resolves a long-standing debate over the source and fate of the Sarasvati, the sacred river of Hindu mythology, the authors believe.

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