Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

Let There Be a Famine in the Land

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
12/6/2018
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
32 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
Book of Mormon, church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, drought, Helaman 11, lds, Mormonism, precipitation history, stalagmites

Abstract: The drought recorded in Helaman 11 is probably the only dated, climate-related event in the entire Book of Mormon that could have left a “signature” detectable over 2,000 years after it occurred. Typical methods using dendrochronology (the study of tree rings) or sediment cores from lake beds either do not go back far enough in time or are not of high enough resolution to detect the event described in Helaman 11. However, recently, researchers have turned to analyzing stalagmites from caves to reproduce the precipitation history of a given area. There is an ongoing debate with regard to where the events in the Book of Mormon took place. One of the proposed areas is Mesoamerica. This paper will test the hypothesis that the drought described in the Book of Helaman took place in Mesoamerica using the results of precipitation histories derived from the analysis of three stalagmites to determine if there is evidence that a drought took place in the expected time frame and with the expected duration.

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