According to the Maya there were five cosmic ages that correspond with other civilizations.
The previous four ages (Water, Air, Fire and Earth) would all terminated with immense environmental upheaval. Some experts claim that the first civilization - one that was destroyed by Water - was Atlantis. In the Popol Vuh of the Quiche Maya, reads:
"a flood was caused by the Heart of Heaven ... a heavy resin fell from the sky .... the face of the earth grew dark, and black rain fell on it, night and day."
According to the Mayan calendar, the current Golden Age (the fifth), will end in 2012. What can we expect?