Review; The Yucatán Peninsula karst aquifer, Mexico

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doi: 10.1007/s10040-010-0699-5
Authors:Bauer-Gottwein, Peter; Gondwe, Bibi R. N.; Charvet, Guillaume; Marín, Luis E.; Rebolledo-Vieyra, Mario; Merediz-Alonso, Gonzalo
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Technical University of Denmark, Department of Environmental Engineering, Lyngby, Denmark
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, Mexico
Amigos de Sian Ka'an, Mexico
Volume Title:Hydrogeology Journal
Source:Hydrogeology Journal, 19(3), p.507-524. Publisher: Springer, Berlin - Heidelberg, Germany. ISSN: 1431-2174
Publication Date:2011
Note:In English. 125 refs.; illus., incl. geol. sketch maps
Summary:The Yucatan Peninsula karst aquifer is one of the most extensive and spectacular karst aquifer systems on the planet. This transboundary aquifer system extends over an area of approximately 165,000 km2 in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. The Triassic to Holocene Yucatan limestone platform is located in the vicinity of the North American/Caribbean plate boundary and has been reshaped by a series of tectonic events over its long geologic history. At the end of the Cretaceous period, the Yucatan Peninsula was hit by a large asteroid, which formed the Chicxulub impact crater. The Yucatan Peninsula karst aquifer hosts large amounts of groundwater resources which maintain highly diverse groundwater-dependent ecosystems. Large parts of the aquifer are affected by seawater intrusion. Anthropogenic pollution of the aquifer has been increasing over the past few decades, owing to relentless economic development and population growth on the Peninsula. This review summarizes the state of knowledge on the Yucatan Peninsula karst aquifer and outlines the main challenges for hydrologic research and practical groundwater-resources management on the Peninsula. Copyright 2011 Springer-Verlag
Subjects:Aquifers; Carbonate platforms; Carbonate rocks; Ecology; Ecosystems; Ground water; Human activity; Karst; Karst hydrology; Limestone; Numerical models; Pump tests; Regional; Review; Sedimentary rocks; Water balance; Water management; Water quality; Water resources; Water table; Water use; Belize; Campeche Mexico; Central America; Guatemala; Mexico; Quintana Roo Mexico; Yucatan Mexico; Yucatan Peninsula
Coordinates:N160000 N213900 W0865000 W0920000
Record ID:2011087278
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2018 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by Springer Verlag, Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany
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