Sediments in Términos Lagoon and Environmental Issues Affecting the Area, Mexico18.6N 91.5W
Greenish sediments and phytoplankton color the waters of the Términos Lagoon and the coast of the Bay of Campeche, Mexico, by the Yucatán Peninsula. The Laguna de Términos (Términos Lagoon) is made up of a series of rich, sediment-laden lagoons and tidal estuaries. Every nine days, approximately 50% of the lagoon’s water volume is renewed, primarily through the effect of ocean tides.
The biggest influence on the area and a possible threat are the operations of state-owned oil company, Pemex operating within the area, which was designated as a protected area by the Mexican government. The drilling of oil wells and the construction of pipelines can destroy habitat. Additionally, oil spills are a continual threat. Other possible threats include habitat change through population growth in the surrounding area.