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Sediments in Términos Lagoon, Mexico

18.5N 91.5W

July 1st, 2011 Category: Sediments

Mexico - June 21st, 2011

Sediments line the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, in Mexico, and can be observed in the Laguna de Términos (Términos Lagoon). The lagoon is made up of a series of rich, sediment-laden lagoons and tidal estuaries connected by two channels to the Bay of Campeche in the southern part of Gulf of Mexico.

The lagoon’s shores are swampy and support mangroves. It is fed by several fresh water rivers, including the Mezcapala, Grijalva and Usumacinta Rivers, and includes several lagoons such as Pom, Atasta, Puerto Rico, Este and Panlau. It is about 112.5 square km in area (about 50 miles long and 20 miles wide).

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