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cenote

[sə′nōd·ē]
(civil engineering)
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The natural aquarium of the inlet and a number of cenotes make for excellent snorkelling and there is a huge range of marine life to spot.
Artifacts from the Cenote of Sacrifice, Chichen hza, Yucatan (Memoirs of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 10).
Cenotes, or water-filled sinkholes, also dot the new radar map.
Copepods from the cenotes and caves of the Yucatan Peninsula, with notes on cladocerans.
One of his favorite trips was traveling through Central America, where he and his wife explored ancient Mayan cities, floated a river through limestone caves and went diving in the cenotes (underwater caves) of the Mayan Riviera.
The original Mayan inhabitants of the region used the natural cenotes as a means of conserving water, or constructed artificial chultuns or underground cisterns to collect and retain water through the long dry months.
Instead, water flows through cracks in the limestone shelf feeding underground rivers and lakes accessible through thousands of cenotes.
Florida-based Bill Belleville is author of Sunken Cities, Sacred Cenotes, and Golden Sharks: Travels of a Water-Bound Adventurer, from which this article was excerpted.
There are even three cenotes (sink holes), two connected by watery underground caverns and one discovered only in the process of building the US$ 20 million course.
Their geometry and association with cenotes indicate the first reported occurrence of "stromatolite atolls".