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Are we three years from the end of the world? 2012: COUNTDOWN TO ARMAGEDDON

The Temple of the Warriors (Templo de los Guerreros) in ChichŽn Itz‡, Yucat‡n, Mexico

The Temple of the Warriors (Templo de los Guerreros) in ChichŽn Itz‡, Yucat‡n, Mexico

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL INVESTIGATES

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2012: COUNTDOWN TO ARMAGEDDON

(Premieres Sunday, November 8, 2009, at 8 PM ET/PT)

What if the Maya were right about the end of humanity as we know it? Would fire pour from the sky, buildings shatter, floods destroy the nation’s capital and Los Angeles slide into the Pacific? That’s how Hollywood is interpreting the end of the Maya great calendar cycle on December 21, 2012, in the new movie “2012” with John Cusack. Is there truth behind the compelling myth that has captured the popular imagination? Now an unexpected discovery points to a catastrophic Earth event, perhaps suggesting we are doomed to repeat it … could this be a scientific basis for the date ancient Maya astronomers anticipated thousands of years ago?

National Geographic Channel examines the evidence behind the Maya calendar prophecies in 2012: Countdown to Armageddon, premiering Sunday, November 8, 2009, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Follow Princeton University scientist Adam Maloof to three continents on a detective story that spans eons — with clues embedded in the oldest rocks on the planet. Is there evidence of global upheaval on a massive scale? What can be gleaned from the technically advanced celestial orientation of the Maya ruins? What were the Maya hoping to record in their comprehensive astronomy text called the Dresden Codex? And does a discovery from a melting glacier offer provocative signs of devastating change in ancient Maya times?

The Maya believed that everything — including creation and destruction — occurred in cycles. Their calendar spanned five cycles, each lasting approximately 5,200 years. At the end of each cycle before this one, the Maya believed the current, flawed creation had to be destroyed for the world to be born again. Some believe the end of the current cycle on December 21, 2012, is an apocalyptic sign. And those who see a connection between the complex and incredibly accurate Maya calendar and a prophecy that the world will end in 2012 point to an unexpected discovery in 2003 by Maloof and a team of scientists as proof.

What if ancient Maya myths were to come true in 2012? Maloof says, “We would expect an absolutely spectacular catastrophe; it would affect every single person on every continent.”

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