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Did Climate Change Affect Ancient Egypt

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I just watched a show about this on PBS last week. Scientists have found evidence of climate change that brought about the end of the Old Kingdom in Egypt. They also showed core samples that showed the change was world-wide.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120816110839.htm

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040618213004345

http://www.crf-usa.org/bill-of-rights-in-action/bria-25-1-what-caused-egypt-old-kingdom-to-collapse

Egypt was once savannah, not desert.

https://www.livescience.com/4180-sahara-desert-lush-populated.html

This is also depicted in art of the time of the old kingdom.

http://factsanddetails.com/world/cat56/sub364/item1962.html

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Doug1o29

I personally believe that the story of Joseph and the seven years of famine is a reference to a drought that hit Egypt and the Ethiopian highlands in the 1340s BC.  That's weather, not climate, but it gives a possible date for a biblical event.  The Bible is partly myth, not all myth.

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