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  1. Zacatón

    Zacatón is a thermal water filled sinkhole belonging to the Zacatón system - a group of unusual karst features located in Aldama Municipality in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. It is the deepest known water-filled sinkhole in the world with a total depth of 339 metres. The 392 metres deep Pozzo Merro is deeper but is rather a near-vertical cave and not a sinkhole. Using an autonomous robot, the underwater portion of Zacatón has been measured to be 319 metres deep. Zacatón is the only sinkhole of the five located in Rancho La Azufrosa to have any noticeable water flow. The name Zacatón comes from the free-floating islands of zacate grass which move around on the surface with the wind. Scrapings from the rock walls beneath the surface yielded at least 6 new phyla of bacteria.


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