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Underwater Secrets of the Maya: Cenote

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Scouting

A cenote from Yucatec Maya dzonot or ts’onotis a natural pit, or sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Especially associated with the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, cenotes were sometimes used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings.

The term derives from a word used by the low-land Yucatec Maya, « Ts’onot » to refer to any location with accessible groundwater. Cenotes are common geological forms in low latitude regions, particularly on islands, coastlines, and platforms with young post-Paleozoic limestones that have little soil development.

Underwater Secrets of the Maya by National Geographic

28 Août 2014