Geodiversity of a Tropical Karst Zone in South-East Mexico

  • P. Fragoso-Servón
  • A. Pereira
  • O. Frausto
  • F. Bautista
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Abstract

The Yucatan Peninsula in south-eastern Mexico is the largest karstic area of the country; however, there are very few studies on the geodiversity of the region. The objective of this study is the identification and qualification of the diversity of elements of the relief, considering geomorphology, geology, hydrology and soil properties as components of geodiversity. To calculate the geodiversity, a simple additive model of thematic diversity was used, following Jačková and Romportl (2008). The geodiversity in the east of the Yucatan Peninsula manifests as a north to south banding. The geodiversity of coastal portion presents values ranging from medium to very high, in the central portion it ranges from medium to very low and in the western portion, where are the oldest geological formations, have high and very high values.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Fragoso-Servón
    • 1
  • A. Pereira
    • 1
  • O. Frausto
    • 1
  • F. Bautista
    • 2
  1. 1.Boulevard Bahía s/n Esquina Ignacio ComonfortUniversidad de Quintana RooChetumalMéxico
  2. 2.Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía AmbientalUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMoreliaMéxico

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