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Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve on Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

19.1N 87.8W

December 27th, 2012 Category: Wetlands

Mexico – December 25th, 2012

These bright green lagoons on the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula are part of the Sian Ka’an, a biosphere reserve in the municipality of Tulum in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Part of the 5,280 km² reserve is on land and part is in the Caribbean Sea, including a section of coral reef. Over 200 conservation projects have been successfully carried out in order to protect areas of high biodiversity value, such as the coral reefs, and archaeological sites of the Maya civilization.

Terminos Lagoon, Chetumal Bay and Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Yucatán Peninsula

18.5N 88.3W

January 13th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Mexico, Belize, Guatemala - January 6th, 2012

Sediments frame the Yucatán Peninsula, which comprises the Mexican states of Yucatán, Campeche, and Quintana Roo; the northern part of the nation of Belize; and Guatemala’s northern El Petén Department. Several lagoons and bays are also visible near the shoreline, including Terminos Lagoon, on the west coast in the lower left quadrant, and Chetumal Bay, on the east coast at the center right.

Chetumal Bay is a large bay in northern Belize and eastern Mexico in the south of the Yucatán Peninsula. On the bay is the major city of Chetumal, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The mouth of the bay is redirected southward and buffered by a large Belizean island named Ambergris Caye. The bay is a part of the Caribbean Sea.

North of the bay is another smaller bay that is part of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, in the municipality of Tulum in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It has been a Mexican national park since 1986. and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Part of the reserve is on land and part is in the Caribbean Sea, including a section of coral reef. The reserve has an area of 5,280 km².