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Sediments Along Yucatán Peninsula Coast Near Mérida, Mexico

20.9N 89.6W

February 15th, 2013 Category: Sediments

Mexico – January 26th, 2013

Visible as a grey area near the coast is the city of Mérida, located in the northwest part of the state of Yucatán, which occupies the northern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. Here, sediments can be seen lining the coasts of the peninsula. To the east is the state of Quintana Roo, to the west is the state of Campeche, to the north is the Gulf of Mexico, and far to the south is the state of Chiapas.

The city is also located in the Chicxulub Crater. It has a very flat topography and is only 30 feet (9 m) above sea level. The land outside of Mérida is covered with smaller scrub trees and former henequen fields. Almost no surface water exists, but several cenotes (underground springs and rivers) are found across the state.

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