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Maroma Mexico - Maroma Resort and Spa in Mexico

Natural Surroundings

The Yucatán Peninsula exists because millions of years ago a cataclysmic event occurred which killed almost all life on earth, including billions of coral polyps, and when the seas receded as a result of the same event, there it was - a porous limestone promontory rising out of the ocean.  The northern part of the peninsula has no aboveground rivers, but there is plenty of fresh water flowing under-ground through the honeycombed limestone which often opens up into caves and cenotes - deep sinkholes filled with crystalline water.

The Rainforest
Our jungle, classified as semi-evergreen lowland rainforest, is the most important component in the ecology of the area.  It is a very efficient recycler of nutrients and water, taking in what it receives from the atmosphere and using it to produce food and shelter for a huge diversity of species.

The Barrier Reef
The 200-mile reef which runs along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán is a parallel world to the rainforest and has many similarities.  The tree-like structures of the coral, like the jungle canopy, use photosynthesis to produce food and oxygen.  The coral in turn provides shelter to many species and food to asome, and it supports the food chain for the entire reef population - from sharks to plankton.

The Mangrove Swamp
The mangrove forest - trees and shrubs which thrive in silt-rich soil in saline coastal waters - plays a fundamental role in the equilibrium of our ecosystem.  It protects the reef by filtering the runoff from the jungle, it acts as a nursery for many marine species, it helps regulate the moisture level in the jungle, and it provides food and shelter for many insects, birds, plants and of course - crocodiles.


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