Ancestral Puebloans melted ice in lava tubes to survive droughts

During a parched summer almost 2,000 years ago, people living in what is now western New Mexico crawled into the cold, dark belly of a volcanically formed cave to melt the frozen water at its heart. The ice preserved in these naturally cool formations might have helped Ancestral Puebloans in the region persevere through five […]

Geoscientists discover Ancestral Puebloans survived from ice melt in New Mexico lava tubes

USF geosciences professor Bogdan Onac is pictured with ice deposit in New Mexico. Credit: University of South Florida For more than 10,000 years, the people who lived on the arid landscape of modern-day western New Mexico were renowned for their complex societies, unique architecture and early economic and political systems. But surviving in what Spanish […]