Thursday, May 30, 2013

Veins of the Earth - Mexico

Reporter Jan Cowan:
for Journeyman Pictures

On a stunning stretch of Mexico's Caribbean coast is Cancun; an all-inclusive, all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-do, package-holiday wonderland featuring gargantuan resorts and golf courses as far as the eye can see.  It's loud and brash and party-central. But under all those stomping feet is the spectacular silence and epic grandeur of the pristine Yucatan Aquifer.

But the Aquifer is also a vital resource for thirsty Mexico, nourishing vast tracts of Rainforest and home to unique flora and fauna.  As resort development continues unabated above, environmentalists are deeply concerned about its future. "This area is so rich in biodiversity that it has become - literally - the beachhead for the fight on sustainability", Michael Halle, a Canadian Ecotourism manager, explains. "They are going to destroy this place and we are not going to have anything unique anymore. It's going to be lost."


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