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Drought that wiped out Indus Valley civilisation was in fact 900-year-long: IIT Kharagpur
A group of researchers have published a study that could change all our beliefs that we had held regarding the Indus Valley civilisation. Many researchers agree that the massively successful civilisation ended because of natural calamities, of which, the primary one was drought. And it was not just any other drought. The drought is believed to have lasted for close to 200 years.

While researchers were still studying the causes and impact of such a wide-spread drought, a group of researchers from IIT Kharagpur has now claimed that the drought did not last 200 years but 900 years.  

The yet to be published study about the 4350-year-old civilisation has been extensively reported in the media. The findings will be published in the Quaternary International Journal by Elsevier this month. 

The researchers mapped the 5000 year monsoon variability in the Tso Moriri lake located in the Leh region of Ladakh. The reason behind taking up this lake was the fact that it was fed by the same glacial source. Using data from the monsoon variability of this lake, the researchers have concluded that the drought was in fact 900-years-long.  

As per researchers, the widespread drought resulted in the source of water for the civilisation drying up forcing the inhabitants of the Indus Valley civilisation to move towards east and south in search of better living conditions as the drought killed the rivers that were a source of water for the civilisation.

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