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Atascosa pool, Sistema Zacaton

WorldBlue  In short

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.

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GPS coordinates
23.0249 N 98.1644 W
Location, address
North America, Mexico, Tamaulipas, southern part of the state, 15 km north-west from Aldama town
Depth
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WorldYellow In detail

Sistema Zacatón is an 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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