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Laguna Salada is located in the state of Veracruz, adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico but with no communication with it. The phytoplankton biomass present in the lagoon registers low numbers, with the amount fluctuating around 70,000 cells/L. The lagoon is considered an unstable zone when it comes to its physical and chemical conditions.
Pollution is an issue in the lagoon with toxic metals such as Fe, Mn, Zn, Ni, Cu, Co, Pb, Cr and Cd present in its waters. Based on studies made in other similar areas of the Gulf of Mexico and the world, the Salada shows similar signs of decay as those present in areas already affected.
Coordinates: 19.73° N 96.41° W
Selected Characteristics: (Castaneda and Contreras, 2001)
Surface Area: 1 km2
Castaneda L.O. and F.E. Contreras. 2001. Serie: Bibliografia Comentada sobre ecosistemas costeros mexicanos 2001. Centro de Documentacion Ecosistemas Litorales Mexicanos. Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, Division C. B. S. Depto. de Hidrologia. Publicacion electronica (CD). ISBN:970-654-912-9. Mexico, D.F.
Keywords: Lagoon, Phytoplankton, Biomass, Toxic, Pollution, Metals
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