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Floods May Have Doomed World’s Biggest Pre-Industrial City

Hurricane Michael unearthed 19th century shipwrecks in Florida

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Ships were wrecked on Dog island during a hurricane in 1899. Several were unearthed by Hurricane Michael last week. (Photo: Florida Memory Archives)

Ships that washed ashore on Dog Island during the 1899 Carrabelle Hurricane were unearthed completely by Hurricane Michael’s vicious storm surge last week in Franklin County, Florida.

Of the 15 ships that were grounded on the barrier island during the storm 119 years ago, it’s unclear which or how many were unearthed by Michael.

Sitting on the Gulf of Mexico side of the island, the wooden ships now rest in plain view near the west end of the island.

 

Ships that washed ashore on Dog Island during the 1899 Carrabelle Hurricane were unearthed completely by Hurricane Michael’s vicious storm surge last week. (Photo: Courtesy of Carrabelle Boat Club)

They are well-documented wrecks, according to the Florida Department of State. Because state resources are being allocated to more urgent hurricane recovery efforts, there are currently no plans for state archaeologists to visit the site….

 

Floods May Have Doomed World’s Biggest Pre-Industrial City

A series of floods that hit the ancient city of Angkor would have overwhelmed and destroyed its vast water network, according to a new study that provides an explanation for the downfall of the world’s biggest pre-industrial city.

Our research, published in Science Advances, explains how the damage to this vital network would have triggered a series of “cascading failures” that ultimately toppled the entire city. And it holds lessons for today’s cities about the danger posed when crucial infrastructure is overwhelmed.

Angkor, in modern-day Cambodia, was founded in 802 AD and abandoned during the 15th century. Its demise coincided with a period of highly variable rainfall in the late 14th and early 15th centuries, with prolonged droughts and extremely wet years….

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