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Sargassum invasion of beaches along the Mexican Caribbean to return in 2019

Sargassum invasion of beaches along the Mexican Caribbean to return in 2019

Cancún. México. Photo: 123rf

The damage to the Mexican ecosystem and the tourism industry will be severe if the sargassum returns with the same ferocity as last year the Latin American Herald Tribune, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) scientist Brigitta Ine van Tussenbroek warning.

The areas most likely to be impacted include Cancun, Chetumal and Tulum, but when the seaweed will arrive is still up for debate. How much of the sargassum washes ashore will also depend on local atmospheric conditions, such as trade winds.

While the seaweed has traveled toward Mexico year after year, it was only recently that large deposits started washing up on the shorelines of the Mexican Caribbean. The increase in sargassum could be attributed to the rising temperatures in ocean waters or the dumping of organic trash in the rivers of Central American countries.

Source: Travel Pulse

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