About the Belize Barrier Reef System
The Mesoamerican Reef stretches 700 miles, from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula through Guatemala to Honduras’ Bay Islands. For 185 miles, the reef passes through the Belizean water. Lagoons and atolls are on either side of the main reef and together are called the “Belize Barrier Reef System.” The reef supports more than half of Belize’s population through tourism, coastal activities, real estate, and fishing.
Hurricanes, tropical storms, unchecked oil exploration, ocean warming, overfishing, rising sea level, pollution, and uncontrolled coastal and hotel development all drove the reef into coastal deterioration and severe coral damage and bleaching.
Much of the coast is three feet above sea level and suffers frequent flooding that erodes the coastline. Mangrove forests were being cleared and replaced with sand and coral rubble from nearby waters, destroying coral and seabeds.
The coral damage was so severe that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) put the reef on its list of World Heritage Sites in Danger.
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THE LEGEND OF THE QUETZAL BIRD
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Semana Santa GUATEMALA'S HOLY WEEK
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The Maya are groups of people who live in parts of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. Their ancestors created a great society. At its peak, from 600-900 C.E., the Maya civilization was more advanced than its neighbors in the Americas.
Playing Games Honduras-style
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ATTENTION WORLD: Belize Saves Their Coral Reef
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The Panama Canal
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This is Central America!
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Al mercado, de volada
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En donde reinan los reptiles
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