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date: 20 October 2019

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This chapter focuses on the deep historical association of wetlands with Prehispanic cultures across the Americas and their status as repositories of environmental history. The discussions cover wetlands environments, wetland vegetation and soils, challenges for wetland study, types of human use of wetlands, wetlands of the Gulf lowlands, wetland patterns in the Maya Highlands, wetlands of the Maya Lowlands, the Chan Cahal and Cacao Creek models, wetlands of the Yalahau region, wetland fields in the Valley of Mexico, and wetlands in South America.

Keywords: environmental history, Prehispanic cultures, Gulf lowlands, Maya Highlands, Maya Lowlands, Yalahau region, Valley of Mexico, Cahn Cahal, Cacao Creek

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