Nov 18, 2011

Globalization and the Environment: Unique Mexican Oasis in Danger of Vanishing

IPS "A rare wetlands ecosystem in the Chihuahuan desert in northern Mexico that may hold key information about the origins of life on earth – and even about possible life on Mars – is in serious danger of disappearing if water continues to be extracted by agribusiness concerns, local scientists warn.

The 200-km-long Valle de Cuatrociénegas – "valley of four marshes" – located 1,000 km north of Mexico City is a complex ancient wetlands system of mineral-rich springs, streams, lakes, marshes and turquoise pools of water known as "pozas" fed by natural underground channels and surrounded by a mountain chain with peaks over 3,000 metres high. " read more

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