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Yucatán Peninsula: Peninsula in North America
The Yucatán Peninsula, in southeastern Mexico, separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico, with the northern coastline on the Yucatán Channel. The peninsula lies east of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, a northeastern geographic partition separating the region of Central America from the rest of North America. It is approximately 181,000 km2 (70,000 sq mi) in area, and is almost entirely composed of limestone.

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Mexico uncovers 12,000-year-old underwater mine [Video]

Mexico uncovers 12,000-year-old underwater mine

Researchers diving into dark submerged caves on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula have found evidence of an ambitious mining operation dating back 12,000 years, for red ochre, an earth mineral pigment prized..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:20Published
Monster Saharan dust cloud arrives in Mexico [Video]

Monster Saharan dust cloud arrives in Mexico

Dusty skies and a strange tint in the air are a sign that the monster Saharan dust cloud has arrived in the coastal towns and beach resorts of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:54Published

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The police department of Quintana Roo in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula rescued 25 individuals who had been kidnapped from a Cancun call center, police chief Alberto Capella said Wednesday.
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The attorney general of Quintana Roo in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula said on Wednesday that it is investigating the possible kidnapping of at least 27 people in Cancun.
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Mexico plans cutbacks to president's flagship 'Mayan Train' project

Mexico will shorten the 1,525-km (948-mile) route for a proposed "Mayan Train" designed to link tourist hot spots and spur development on the Yucatan Peninsula, an official said on Tuesday, in a move..
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