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The Nichupte- Bojorquez lagoons make the system that bears the same name. It is located in the Northeast corner of the Yucatan Peninsula, in the state of Quintana Roo. The system receives an influx of fresh water thanks to the numerous submerged natural wells that are located in the center and south corners of the eco-system. Additionally in the system, are the smaller lagoons of Somosaya and Rio Ingles. Nichupte is the biggest lagoon, while Bojorquez is separated by a sand barrier that almost encloses it from the rest of the system. Most of the bottom is covered by a dense vegetation of Thalassia testudinum and a relatively rich variety of seaweed. The salinity ranges between 21 and 52 ppt while the temperature fluctuates from 28 to 33 C
Cancun, one of the biggest and most ambitious tourist developments of Latin America, was planned and constructed around the Nechupte-Bojorquez system. The lagoons play a key role as aesthetic and tourist resource areas. However, some activities such as bottom dredging and cloacal water discharging into the lagoons have changed the system.
Coordinates: 21.07° N 86.80° W
Selected Characteristics: (Castañeda and Contreras, 2001)
Surface Area: 110 km2
Average Salinity: 21 - 52 ppt
Castañeda L.O. and F.E. Contreras. 2001. Serie: Bibliografia Comentada sobre ecosistemas costeros mexicanos 2001. Centro de Documentacion Ecosistemas Litorales Mexicanos. Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, Division C. B. S. Depto. de Hidrologia. Publicacion electronica (CD). ISBN:970-654-912-9. Mexico, D.F.
Keywords: Lagoon system, Thalassia testudinum, Submerged natural wells, Tourist development
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