Laguna Colorada, Sistema Zacatón

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 23.0159 N -98.1736 W
No:119        (list of all attractions)
Category:Sinkholes, Lakes, bays and streams
Address:North America, Mexico, Tamaulipas, southern part of the state, 15 km north-west from Aldama town

The rounded sinkhole - Laguna Colorada - belongs to the unique Sistema Zacatón. Laguna Colorada is filled with emerald colored water and possibly is quite deep. Like many other cenotes it though has steep sides covered with dense vegetation and thus is hard to access and investigate.

Sistema Zacatón is area with incredible characteristics unparalleled in the world. In total this 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.


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  1. Marcus Gary, Laguna Colorada, Sistema Zacatón, research homepage. Accessed in the 23rd June 2010

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