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"Tablets that may reveal El Niņo secrets are feared lost in Iraq"
Tablets that may reveal El Niņo secrets are feared lost in Iraq
trefwoorden: El Nino - kleitabletten - beschadigd - 3.000 BCE
The secrets of El Niņo, one of the most mysterious and destructive weather systems, could be unlocked by hundreds of thousands of ancient clay tablets now feared lost or damaged in the chaos of Iraq.
Researchers believe the tablets, written using a cuneiform text, one of the earliest types of writing, form the world's oldest records of climate change and could give vital clues to understanding El Niņo and global warming.
Academics are demanding that ministers act to protect the unique cultural records, which have chronicled agriculture and other areas of everyday life in the Near East for nearly 5,000 years.
Lees verder in: The Independent (9 juni 2003)