Cenotes and Lagunas, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Sinkholes and Lagoons in Maya territory


The cenotes are water holes in the jungle produced by a process of dissolution and collapse of limestone terrain located above an underground network of caves and rivers. These geological formations are typical in the Yucatán Péninusle , which thus form natural sometimes large sinks.
In some, there are fresh water in surface and deep seawater. Between the two is a trouble zone where waters mix, called “halocline” which causes a sudden temperature change called the “thermocline".
Playing a vital role for the Maya in this dry country, A “cenote” was also a place of worship. The Mayans believed these wells as a means of communication with the gods of the infra-world, the chasm representing a mouth. They were used as fresh water supply, but also as a place of worship in which offerings or sacrificial victims were thrown.

Freshwater Ecoregion of the World : #202 Quintana Roo - Motagua

Major Habitat Type: tropical and subtropical coastal rivers

Realised with the help of dive guide Camilo Garcia of Divers Underground

Cenote 1 (2014, 2016)
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Cenote 2 (2014, 2016)
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2016

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Cenote 3 (2014)
    

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Cenote 4 (2014)
    

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Cenote 5 (2014)
    

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Cenote 6 (2014, 2016)
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Cenote 7 (2014, 2016)
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2016

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Cenote 8 (2014)
    

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Cenote 9 (2014)
    

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Cenote 10 (2014)
    

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Cenote 11 (2014)
       

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Cenote 12 (2016)
       

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Cenote 13 (2016)
       

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Cenote 14 (2016)
       

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Cenote 15 (2016)
       

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Cenote 16 (2016)
       

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Cenote 17 (2016)
       

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Cenote 18 (2016)
       

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Landscapes : Cenotes (2014)


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Under Water : Lagunas (2014)


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Landscapes : Lagunas (2014)


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Landscapes : Riviera Maya (2014)


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Another Day at the Office (2014)

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