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ce·no·te

 (sə-nō′tē)
n.
A water-filled limestone sinkhole of the Yucatán.

[American Spanish, from Yucatec ts'onot.]

cenote

(sɪˈnəʊteɪ)
n
1. (Geological Science) (esp in the Yucatán peninsula) a natural well formed by the collapse of an overlying limestone crust: often used as a sacrificial site by the Mayas
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) (esp in the Yucatán peninsula) a natural well formed by the collapse of an overlying limestone crust: often used as a sacrificial site by the Mayas
[C19: via Mexican Spanish from Mayan conot]

ce•no•te

(səˈnoʊ ti)

n.
a deep natural well or sinkhole of the Yucatán Peninsula, formed by the collapse of surface limestone.
[1835–45; < Mexican Spanish < Yucatec Mayan]
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As the cavity grows in size the roof finally falls away and you'll be able to explore the beauty of these amazing Tulum cenotes by diving or snorkelling.
The Yucatan peninsula is studded with monumental relics of the Maya people, whose cities drew upon an extensive network of sinkholes linked to subterranean waters known as cenotes.
The freshwater portion of the caves and the sinkholes, which are used to access the caves and are referred to locally as cenotes, are important sources of freshwater for communities throughout the Yucatan.
Based on human remains experts previously discovered, the Mayans may have used cenotes for human sacrifices.
This 5-star resort on the eastern seaboard of the Yucatan Peninsula is something special: a village of 120 elegant and private villas built around a commanding and beautiful Asian-inspired complex, within which flows a blue-green lagoon that connects to cenotes, the scared subterranean chambers where fresh water meets the sea.
En 1992 se restablecieron los proyectos de conservacion y exploracion, se realizaron levantamientos topografico--arquitectonicos de toda la zona, que arrojaron pistas sobre las formas de aprovisionamiento y conservacion del agua para consumo y uso agricola por medio de pozos chultunes (depositos de agua hechos por los antiguos mayas), cenotes y cuevas", explica el doctor Chavez, quien ademas mostrara el proyecto del hallazgo en San Francisco, Estados Unidos.
Presenta varios cenotes ubicados hacia el sur, donde se destacan el cenote Azul y el cenote Negro.
El Jaguar de Oro fue para la cinta de Joaquin Rodriguez Xibalba ("lugar oculto"), ficcion sobrecogedora sobre una arqueologa mexicana a quien a la manera de un Dante peninsular le encargan descender por los cenotes sagrados al inframundo para desvelar los secretos de los mayas, proyectada en la alfombra roja de la hacienda Ochil.
The importance of cenotes in conserving bat assemblages in the Yucatan, Mexico.
Los suelos son abundantes en sedimentos calcareos, arcillosos y una delgada capa de material organico con afloramiento de roca de pedernal o yeso y cuarzo que subyacen dentro de los cenotes o grutas, favorable para la explotacion local en la elaboracion de herramientas y la construccion de edificios de mamposteria durante la epoca prehispanica.