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Caverna Travertina, Sistema Zacatón

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Coordinates: 22.9728 N -98.1602 W
No:123        (list of all attractions)
Category:Springs, Caves
Values:Geology, Biology, Visual
Address:North America, Mexico, Tamaulipas, southern part of the state, 10 km north-west from Aldama town

The southernmost feature of the unique group of Sistema Zacatón is powerful and beautiful spring - Caverna Travertina.

Sistema Zacatón is area with incredible characteristics unparalleled in the world. In total area contains some 20 unusual features - sinkholes, caves, springs created by deep groundwater heated by volcanic processes. Karstification processes here continue today as well - acidic groundwater continues to strip away the limestone and deposits it in unusual travertine formations.

Caverna Travertina is the southernmost feature in Sistema Zacatón, located 2.3 km south from the most prominent sinkhole - El Zacatón. Here from limestone cliffs appears powerful stream of beautiful blue color. Spring comes out of a small cavern lined with unusual travertine formations. Especially impressive is the ceiling of the cave with enormous lobes of travertine hanging down.

Numerous turtles are living in the cave.


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  1. Marcus Gary, Caverna Travertina, Sistema Zacatón, research homepage. Accessed on June 27, 2010

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