Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Climatic Changes Contributed to the Success of Genghis Khan

We all know and have read a lot about Genghis Khan and his role as a founder of the Mongol Empire. History tells us that he was a great leader and a warrior as well, but as per the new research better climate has also played an instrumental role in the rise of this great leader. The new research that has come forth claims that a period of nice weather has also equally contributed to the success and rise of Genghis Khan in the Mongol heartland. The new research done by lead researcher Neil Pederson from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory along with co-author Amy Hessl from West Virginia studied wildfires in Mongolia before they came to a conclusion that grass production was good and that helped Genghis Khan to handle the leadership in a better way.

The research claims that because of better grass production most of the war horses and livestock had better food to eat. The study claims that Mongol Empire expanded during this time and made things possible for Genghis Khan. Researchers have also researched on knotted and stunted Siberian pines and they came up with some astonishing facts. The research claims that some of the pine trees in that region are more than 1,100 years old and they can still survive another millennium. On the other hand, there were some dead trees that remained intact for almost 1000 years before they started rotting. One piece of wood that they found dated back to 650 BC.

The research also claims that years before Genghis Khan ruled Mongol Empire there region faced intense drought especially from 1180 to 1190. However, from 1211 to 1225 Mongol region saw good amount of rainfall that led to growth of grass in that region. The researchers claim that Mongol cavalry were happy that they had enough grass for their war horses that can contribute in winning and expanding their empire.

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