The Yucatán Peninsula is one giant limestone platform that is still gradually emerging from the sea. An estimated 7,000 cenotes dot this area, providing a freshwater life source to the region’s robust wildlife. The permeable geological characteristics of the porous limestone make the watershed beneath highly susceptible to contamination which flows to coastal waters. The threat to the Mesoamerican reef starts here. As large resorts and real estate developments continue to blanket the region without proper water treatment systems, the underground river system’s natural filtration ability becomes a means of waste dispersal. The world famous city of Cancun is a harbinger of what lays ahead for Tulum.
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