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TULUM CENOTES

The cenotes are water holes in the jungle produced by a process of dissolution and collapse of limestone terrain located above an underground network of caves and rivers.

Playing a vital role for the Maya in this dry country, A “cenote” was also a place of worship. The Mayans believed these wells as a means of communication with the gods of the infra-world, the chasm representing a mouth. They were used as fresh water supply, but also as a place of worship in which offerings or sacrificial victims were thrown.

The cenotes are water holes in the jungle. They are produced by a process of dissolution and collapse of limestone terrain located above an underground network of caves and rivers. These geological formations are typical in the Yucatán Péninusle , which thus form natural sometimes large sinks.

In some, there are fresh water in surface and deep seawater. Between the two is a trouble zone where waters mix, called “halocline” which causes a sudden temperature change called the “thermocline.