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I just finished writing an article on Angkor for my university newsletter and I’m still full of awe. The architecture is amazingly beautiful und was perfected to the smallest detail. I was attracted to the subject because pictures of Angkor look really romantic in a “lost world” kind of way, but scientists are actually researching Angkor’s history to find out what caused the demise of the civilization in this area.

Turns out it may well have something to do with overusing the land for agriculture, having an ingeneous, complex, but very fragile irrigation system, some climatic changes, and a very large population. Does any of that sound familiar?

I’m going to keep smiling anyway ­čÖé

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All images via Wikipedia.

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