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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.

Sediments In and Around Términos Lagoon, Mexico

18.6N 91.5W

December 17th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Mexico – December 16th, 2012

Bright tan and green sediments spill forth from the Laguna de Términos (Términos Lagoon), in Carmen Municipality in the southwestern part of the Mexican state of Campeche. The lagoon is actually 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. Moving eastward from its swampy shores up the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, the sediments take on a bright blue and then green color. The city of Campeche can be seen by the coast near the color-change, and the city of Merida can be seen further northeast, slightly inland, in the upper right corner.