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9 ancient man-made environmental catastrophes

By: Bryan Nelson on Nov. 25, 2009, 8:38 a.m.
Collapse of the Minoan Civilization

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Collapse of the Minoan civilization

Archaeological evidence from the Minoan civilization of Crete has shown proof of deforestation during the late stages of development, leading many scholars to suggest that environmental mismanagement may have been a chief culprit in its collapse. Since the Minoans were a mighty sea power, they likely needed large quantities of wood to construct their ships.