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New research claimed that Genghis Khan strength doesn’t come from his arm or from the war horse that they used in battle. It comes from something that is uncontrollable weather condition. Tree-ring scientists from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory believed that the reason why the Mongols are able to sweep much of Asia 800 years ago has something to do with the changing condition during those times.
The scientist got some sample from the gnarled and twisted Siberian pines in the Hangay Mountains in central Mongolia, in which team pieced together a remarkably precise chronology of local climatic conditions that stretches from the year 900 A.D. to the present. The study, published in this week’s Proceedings of the national Academy of Sciences, suggest why the Mongols came into power.
“What makes our new record distinctive is that we can see 15 straight years of above-average moisture,” says the study’s lead author, Neil Pedersen, a tree-ring scientist with the Lamond-Doherty Earth Observatory. “It falls during an important period in Mongol history and is singular in terms of persistently wet conditions.”
The good condition during those times enables the Mongols to increase the number of their herds and horses to a significant number.
The Mongols used the opportunity to seized power and were successful in doing so. The weather condition is just what they need to fulfill their power bloody ambition. And Genghis Khan was lucky enough to be their vigorous chieftain that united them to create mass hysteria back in the old days.
“The transition from extreme drought to extreme moisture strongly suggests that climate played a role in human events,” said tree-ring scientist Amy Hessl of the University of West Virginia in Morgantown. “It wasn’t the only thing, but it must have created the ideal conditions for a charismatic leader to emerge out of the chaos, develop an army, and concentrate power. Where it’s arid, unusual moisture creates unusual plant productivity, and that translates into horsepower—literally. Genghis was able ride that wave.”
And so, Genghis Khan becomes one of the greatest conquerors in history. Before he died, he and his follower had founded that extends from Korea to Southeast Asia. The Mongul empire did crumble down over the centuries, which is something that no one can prevent.
Kevin Anchukaitis, a paleo-climatologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute said that the climate change doesn’t appear to have anything to do with the volcanic eruption or solar irradiance.
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