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Remote Mexican Village Uses Solar Power to Purify Water

Deep in the jungles of the Yucatan peninsula, residents of the remote Mexican village of La Mancalona are producing clean drinking water using the power of the sun.

For nearly two years now, members of the community, most of whom are subsistence farmers, have operated and maintained a solar-powered water purification system engineered by researchers at MIT.

The system consists of two solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity; these, in turn, power a set of pumps that push water through semiporous membranes in a filtration process called reverse osmosis. The setup purifies both brackish well water and collected rainwater, producing about 1,000 liters of purified water a day for the 450 residents. Read more.


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Endangered sea turtles swimming off the coast of Isla Mujeres, on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Sayil, Yucatan, Mexico

Se cree que Sayil y los otros sitios en la región Puuc ocuparon un espacio histórico importante, en la transición del periodo clásico tardío, cuando sobrevino el colapso maya, que despobló la región de las tierras bajas mayas, en el Petén guatemalteco, al periodo posclásico. La breve ocupación del sitio de Sayil, permite inferir que la ciudad se desarrolló a partir de otro yacimiento menor, llamado Chaac II, que había sido ocupado antes, hacia el siglo V d. C.16 Pruebas de Radiocarbono y otras técnicas que permiten la datación de los sitios, como la llamada de hidratación de la obsidiana, ubican a Sayil relativamente temprano, en el clásico tardío. Vestigios de cerámica, por otro lado, recuperados del palacio de Sayil, indican intercambios con la región del Petén, precismante en esa época. Lo mismo ocurre con los artefactos de obsidiana encontrados, que señalan la dominancia de las rutas comerciales hacia el sur de la región Puuc, cuando Sayil estaba siendo construido.

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayil

Sayil and other Puuc sites are thought to occupy an important place in the transition from Classic Period Maya culture to Postclassic society, experiencing a brief cultural florescence during the Terminal Classic, shortly after the Classic Maya abandonment had depopulated the Maya lowlands. The brief occupational history of the site has raised the possibility that Sayil developed from an earlier settlement known as Chac II, a small archaeological site in the same valley that was occupied as early as the fifth century AD. Radiocarbon and obsidian hydration dating place Sayil relatively early in the Terminal Classic. Ceramic remains recovered from the Palace indicate trade with the Petén region of Guatemala during the Late Classic, and the Guatemalan origin of obsidian artifacts suggest that Classic-period trade routes were dominant when the monumental architecture at Sayil was built. Although Sayil’s origins lie in the Late Classic, the Terminal Classic saw the period of most rapid expansion.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayil



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