Hydrogeochemical and biological characteristics of cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula (SE Mexico)

  title={Hydrogeochemical and biological characteristics of cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula (SE Mexico)},
  author={Juan Jacobo Schmitter-Soto and Francisco Antonio Com{\'i}nF.A. Com{\'i}n and Elva G. Escobar-Briones and Jorge A. Herrera-Silveira and Javier Alcocer and Eduardo Su{\'a}rez-Morales and Manuel El{\'i}as-Guti{\'e}rrez and V. D{\'i}az-Arce and Luis E. Mar{\'i}n and Birgit Steinich},
Cenotes (sinkholes) are the most peculiar aquatic ecosystem of the Yucatan Peninsula (SE Mexico). They are formed by dissolution of the carbonate rock in the karstic platform of the Yucatan Peninsula. A wide morphological variety is observed from caves filled with ground water to open cenotes. In some cenotes, particularly those close to the sea, underneath the fresh water one finds saltwater, where meromixis can take place. This occurs because in the Yucatan Peninsula there is a thin lens (10s… Expand

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