More striking than Mesa Verde is Chaco Canyon, the apparent ceremonial center of the Puebloan culture and hub of a trading network that extended from today’s Los Angeles to Mexico City. Jared Diamond, in Collapse, discussed the viscous cycle of deforestation, drops in groundwater levels, flash floods, deepening arroyos, and crop failures that brought about their gradual, but inexorable decline.
It apparently took about 400 years for people to completely abandon Chaco Canyon. It must have been like the proverbial lobster in the slowly heating pot. Of course, they weren’t dealing with global warming that’s turned the burner up to High. In the meantime, I'd love to help you to respond to our changing climate, and create something beautiful at the same time.