Atascosa pool, Sistema Zacaton

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The shallow, rounded Atascosa Pool belongs to the unique Sistema Zacatón. This muddy, rounded pool has diameter of some 120 m. It dries up only at very extreme droughts and most likely is fed by some springs.

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.

References

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

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Atascosa pool, Sistema Zacaton 23.024897, -98.164375 Atascosa pool, Sistema Zacaton
Coordinates: 23.0249 N 98.1644 W
Categories: Sinkholes, Lakes and streams
Values: Geology
Rating: (1 / 5)
Address: North America, Mexico, Tamaulipas, southern part of the state, 15 km north-west from Aldama town
Depth: ?

Landmarks of Mexico

El Castillo pyramid, Chichen Itza
El Castillo pyramid, Chichen Itza / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Few countries of the world can offer such array of unique and astounding attractions as Mexico.

Area of this country was cradle of several highly developed indigenous civilizations and some regions in the country are dotted with remnants of ancient cities with temples, palaces and pyramids.

Sinkholes

World's deepest sinkhole - Xiaozhai tiankeng, with tourist route visible
World’s deepest sinkhole – Xiaozhai tiankeng, with tourist route visible / Brookqi, Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Category includes outstanding sinkholes – large natural depressions or holes, which for most part represent collapsed caves.

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