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A network of interdisciplinary scholars studying past climate change

Climate and the Mongol Empire

This week’s edition of Science reports on an ongoing NSF-funded interdisciplinary project to understand the origins of Genghis Khan’s empire, including the role of climate.  Preliminary tree-ring work points to a cold dry period during the late 12th century–a time of Mongol infighting–then a period of abundant rainfall on the Mongolian steppes in 1211-30AD, during the peak of Mongol conquest.  The investigators point to the critical role of good weather for grass growth to power Mongol herds and armies.

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About Sam White

Assistant Professor of History at the Ohio State University

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This entry was posted on September 28, 2012 by in In the News.
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