Ancient Mayans legacy goes beyond chocolate and predicting the world’s end in 2012


Photo credit Proyecto Arqueológico Uxul

Water – how to get it when you want it, keep it until you need it and survive on what you have is one of the oldest and most fundamental challenges of human civilizations.  In San Diego, many of us probably don’t think about the vast network of pipes, canals, and reservoirs that snake out behind our taps to move water hundreds of miles – crossing mountain ranges, the Central Valley, and several large urban areas before flowing out of our taps. But the certainty of our water supply is increasingly being called into question.

Clearly, we are not the first group of people to face these troubles. Our neighbors to the south apparently figured it out a long time ago. Recently, archeologists working in Mexico discovered a 1,500-year-old water reservoir the size of a soccer field in the middle of the Mexican rainforest. While large ancient reservoirs have been found before in Mexico, the Mayans who built this one apparently figured out a clever way to help ensure that the water lasted – the floor of this reservoir was lined with ceramic shards, which helped seal the reservoir. In this way, the ancient Mayans managed to locally capture and store water for a population of at least 2,000 through the 3-month dry season.

Now, most of us are not going to run out to convert our backyard swimming pools into our own local water supplies. But, we can capture water on a smaller scale right in our own backyard. Backyard rain barrels or cisterns are a great way to help reduce our reliance on imported water and help reduce the impacts of urban runoff at the same time. And now the County of San Diego will help you do it! On September 26, the County of San Diego will host a Rain Barrel Outreach and Sales event at the Fallbrook Village Square from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.   For more information, check out our Green In San Diego calendar. 

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2 Responses for Ancient Mayans legacy goes beyond chocolate and predicting the world’s end in 2012

  1. Juggy says:

    “2012” is a hoax designed to scare children and adults who know nothing about science. There is no science behind it, and no scientists believe in it.

    The world has existed for over four billion years. Is it reasonable to expect that it will come to an end in less than three years? And all because of a Mayan calendar? Use some common sense.

    The most interesting astronomical events in 2012 will be an annular eclipse of the Sun on 2012 May 20, a total eclipse of the Sun on 2012 Nov 13, and a transit of the planet Venus across the face of the Sun on 2012 Jun 06.

    Scientists don’t expect anything out of the ordinary to happen in the year 2012, or specifically on the date December 21, except for the solstice, which happens every year.

    None of the “predicted” happenings for 2012 hold up under close scrutiny. “Planet X” and “Nibiru” simply don’t exist. The Mayan calendar ends a cycle, but there were no predictions of the end of the world. The Sun doesn’t line up with the galactic centre; it’s 6 degrees off. No asteroids or comets are actually predicted to hit Earth.

  2. J.Sea says:

    2012 is an actual year, contrary to “popular” belief. I find it hilarious that someone named Juggy states “no scientists believe” in 2012. Strange I have never met any scientists named JUGGY!

    Anyways the way the population has been brainwashed makes it very difficult to alarm people that they should prepare for emergencies. If you don’t want to be prepared for the unknown then it is your life and you have the right to place the value on it that you see fit.

    There are countless scientists however that agree we are heading into a transitional phase for the Earth and its inhabitants.

    Maybe JUGGY should do more research instead of playing video games.