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Sian Ka’an
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Type of site: Natural
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Date of Inscription: 1987
Location: North America, Mexico, Quintana Roo, Cozumel et Felipe Carrillo Puert
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Description: For the Mayan peoples who once inhabited this region Sian Ka'an means 'Origin of the Sky'. This biosphere reserve, positioned on the Yucatán peninsula east coast, boasts tropical forests, mangroves and marshes, in addition to a huge marine section that is crossed by a barrier reef. It offers a home for an amazingly prosperous flora as well as a fauna consisting of more than 300 species of birds. The site is rich with the region's characteristic terrestrial vertebrates, which share the diverse environment that was shaped by its complex hydrological system. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Sian Ka'an is a biosphere reserve in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. It has been a Mexican national park since 1986 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Part of the reserve is on land and part is in the Caribbean Sea, including a section of coral reef. The reserve has an area of 5,280 km². The reserve also includes some 23 known archaeological sites of the Maya civilization. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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