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2009-07-13 07:20:00

ST. LOUIS, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- What would you do if one day you received something in the mail that would forever change the course of your life? "The Cocom Codex" (published by iUniverse) by Nelson Reed details the adventures of one such archeologist as he and a cast of others in Yucatan struggle to claim a valuable and rare Maya document as their own. Out of the blue, Stuart Walker opens his mail to find a photo and letter from a childhood friend, inviting him to bid on the Cocom...

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2009-06-17 09:15:00

Officials said Tuesday that France and Mexico are launching a joint observatory to unite scientific work on the environmental impact from humans and climate change on Mexico's coastlines. French and Mexican officials said that the Jacques Cousteau observatory will include bases in La Paz, on Mexico's northwestern Baja California peninsula, and in Merida in the Yucatan in southeast Mexico."Up to now, there's nothing comparable to this cooperation" anywhere in the world, French ambassador to...

2008-01-23 13:05:00

The ancient Mayans may not have sacrificed virgin girls as previously thought; instead, bones reveal that they may have been young boys instead. The ancient Mayans had many temples and palaces in Mexico and Central America; these temples had priests, and the priests had to make sacrifices. In the city of Chichen Itza in the Yucatan peninsula priests sacrificed children by throwing them into underwater caves called cenotes. These sacrifices were often to the rain gods in order to have fertile...

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2007-08-23 18:13:10

By MARK STEVENSON UH-MAY, Mexico - Thousands of Mayan Indians lost homes as Hurricane Dean blew through the Yucatan peninsula, but their real wealth was the trees, now scattered and broken in the storm's wake. Village after village is carpeted with fallen mangoes, oranges, guanabanas and mameys that will never be harvested. Mexico's Mayan communities have survived centuries of oppression, expulsion from valuable land along the Caribbean coast, and many damaging storms. But they say no...

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2007-08-21 06:55:00

TULUM, Mexico -- Hurricane Dean plowed into the Caribbean coast of Mexico on Tuesday as a roaring Category 5 hurricane, heading for the ancient ruins and modern oil installations of the Yucatan Peninsula. The eye of the storm made landfall about 4:30 a.m. EDT near Majahual, a popular port with cruise liners located about 40 miles east-northeast of Chetumal and the Belize border, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Dean packed winds near 165 mph and was moving west-northwest near...

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2007-03-06 18:00:00

MEXICO CITY -- A pair of cave divers said Monday they have found subterranean passages in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula that constitute the world's longest underwater cave system. British cave diver Steve Bogaerts said he and Robbie Schmittner, of Germany, found flooded underground passages connecting two previously known cave systems - a discovery that shows how interconnected and vulnerable the Yucatan's fabled underground water system is. Gene Melton, chairman of the Cave Diving Section of...

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2006-12-06 09:50:00

MEXICO CITY -- Scenes of enslaved Maya Indians building temples for a violent, decadent culture in Mel Gibson's new film "Apocalypto" may ring true for many of today's Mayas, who earn meager wages in construction camps, building huge tourist resorts on land they once owned. Some Mayas are excited at the prospect of the first feature film made in their native tongue, Yucatec Maya. But others among the 800,000 surviving Mayans are worried that Gibson's hyper-violent, apocalyptic film could be...

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2006-03-20 08:45:00

By Tim Gaynor TULUM, Mexico -- The ancient Maya once believed that Mexico's jungle sinkholes containing crystalline waters were the gateway to the underworld and the lair of a surly rain god who had to be appeased with human sacrifices. Now, the "cenotes," deep sinkholes in limestone that have pools at the bottom, are yielding scientific discoveries including possible life-saving cancer treatments. Divers are dipping into the cenotes, which stud the Yucatan peninsula, to explore a vast...

2006-03-20 08:20:00

By Tim Gaynor TULUM, Mexico (Reuters) - The ancient Maya once believed that Mexico's jungle sinkholes containing crystalline waters were the gateway to the underworld and the lair of a surly rain god who had to be appeased with human sacrifices. Now, the "cenotes," deep sinkholes in limestone that have pools at the bottom, are yielding scientific discoveries including possible life-saving cancer treatments. Divers are dipping into the cenotes, which stud the Yucatan peninsula, to explore a...

2005-10-23 04:33:40

By Noel Randewich CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico's famed Caribbean resorts were knee-deep in water on Sunday after Hurricane Wilma roared through, smashing homes and killing at least six people, as the storm set a new course for Florida. Three full days of howling hurricane winds and rain left towns along the coast badly flooded, and thousands of sullen tourists spent their third night in dark stuffy refuges with no running water and food running short. Hundreds of thousands of...


Latest Yucatan Reference Libraries

2012-06-14 08:19:10

Symbol: TRRI4 Group: Monocot Family: Orchidaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   TRYU Triphora yucatanensis auct. non Ames   Yucatan noddingcaps Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:FL Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta...

2012-06-14 10:43:49

Symbol: SAMIM2 Group: Dicot Family: Lamiaceae Duration: Annual Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N PR    N VI    N Distribution: SalviamicranthaVahl var.micranthadistribution:USA(FL),USA+(PR, VI) Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering...

2012-06-18 06:12:14

Symbol: CIYU Group: Dicot Family: Malvaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Subshrub Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:FL Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class...

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2005-06-02 11:22:49

The Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata) is a large bird around measuring 70-90 cm long and weighing from 3 kg (female) to 4 kg (male). In the past, it has sometimes been treated in a genus of its own (Agriocharis ocellata) but the differences between this species and Meleagris gallopavo are too small to justify generic segregation. More colorful than its northern relative the Wild Turkey, this species has a much more restricted distribution and is only found in the subtropical lowlands...

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Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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