Angkor was once a thriving ancient Khmer empire in Cambodia, but it met its demise through a series of catastrophic events: severe drought followed by intense flooding. Water was central to Angkor’s development and it was also revered, as seen in religious sites such as the Kbal Spean headwaters. However, Angkor could not control the environmental changes that allowed water to destroy its infrastructure and eventually the empire collapsed in the mid-1500s.
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