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2005-10-20 08:19:07

By Noel Randewich CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters)- Hurricane Wilma weakened slightly from its record strength in the Caribbean sea on Thursday, but threatened to pound tourist resorts on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula with a 10-foot tidal surge and 145 mph winds. From the Yucatan to Honduras, Cuba and the fragile Florida Keys island chain, tourists sought to flee and residents boarded up homes and stores as authorities urged people in the path of the deadly hurricane to evacuate. Wilma killed...

2005-10-20 01:27:59

MIAMI (Reuters)- Hurricane Wilma, which weakened to a still fierce Category 4 storm after breaking intensity records in the Caribbean Sea, prompted widespread evacuations as it neared the Gulf of Mexico early on Thursday. Wilma became the fiercest Category 5 Atlantic hurricane ever recorded on Wednesday as it churned toward western Cuba and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Densely populated southern Florida was in the storm's projected path in the coming days. Wilma was expected to miss...

2005-10-02 13:28:06

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Otis weakened to a tropical storm off Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Sunday as Tropical Storm Stan crossed the country's Yucatan peninsula on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Otis weakened overnight from a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale after strengthening to a Category 2 hurricane on Saturday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. Otis was expected to make landfall on Monday in sparsely populated...

2005-07-17 21:14:44

By Tim Gaynor and Anahi Rama CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - Hurricane Emily howled toward Mexico's Caribbean coast on Sunday packing 135 mph (215 kph) winds and torrential rain and causing panic in Cancun, where screaming tourists squeezed into musty shelters. Mexico shut down the majority of offshore wells in its most productive oil fields, and two ports that export crude were closed due to churning seas. Wind and rain pummeled palm trees and waves crashed on to beaches along the "Maya...

2005-07-17 00:10:37

By Anahi Rama CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico was braced for one of its worst storms in years as violent Hurricane Emily howled toward popular Caribbean resorts around Cancun on Sunday, packing winds of up to 155 mph (250 kph). The second major hurricane of the season, arriving just days after Hurricane Dennis ripped through Cuba and Florida, Emily was due to pass over the tiny Cayman Islands early Sunday and smash into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula during the evening. As it tore westward...

2005-07-16 19:55:34

By Horace Helps KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Hurricane Emily, carrying top winds of up to 155 mph (248 kph), roared past Jamaica on Saturday, hammering the Caribbean island with torrential rains and headed for the popular vacation resorts on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Emily's power was on the verge of making it a rare Category 5 storm on the five-step scale of hurricane intensity, one capable of destroying buildings. On its current track, the hurricane would slam into the palm-fringed...

2005-07-16 18:19:43

By Anahi Rama CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - Hundreds of glum-faced sun-seekers abandoned the palm-fringed Caribbean beaches around Cancun, Mexico, on Saturday, and local fishermen fled for cover as powerful Hurricane Emily headed toward the coast. A violent Category 4 hurricane packing winds of 155 mph (250 kph), Emily was expected to hit Mexico's Yucatan peninsula -- one of the world's most popular vacation spots -- late on Sunday after tearing past southern Jamaica on Saturday. Emily's...

2005-06-13 15:37:23

Long before Europeans brought honey bees (Apis mellifera) to the Americas, Mayan bee keepers harvested honey from the log nests of stingless bees native to tropical forests. Now, colleagues from the Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Quintana Roo, Mexico and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) warn of the imminent demise of stingless bee keeping on the Yucatan "” a result of ongoing cultural change and habitat loss. "In our initial surveys of bee keepers working with native...

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2005-01-14 07:55:00

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Scientists working off the Yucatan Peninsula are preparing to use sound waves to search for information about an asteroid that may have wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But environmental activists are trying to shut the project down, saying the technology could harm whales, sea turtles and several varieties of fish that provide a livelihood for thousands of Mexicans along the gulf coast. Marine seismologists from the University of Texas Institute 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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