Ik Kil – one of a semicircle of cenotes (sinkholes) around the vast crater (only discovered in 1978) formed by the ancient impact of an asteroid on the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico.
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The Cave Of Swallows at San Luis Potosi, Mexico. 333m deep, 135m wide. A sinkhole at the base goes down another 512m.
Vast, yes. Now consider this:
The cave floor is covered with a thick layer of debris and guano on which millipedes, insects, snakes, and scorpions live.
BBC’s Planet Earth explored the massive caves of the world back in 2006. Clips of the cave of Swallows which featured in the programme are not currently available online but if massive insect-infested guano piles are your thing, check out this excerpt from the programme featuring the base of Gomantong Caves in Borneo.
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The Mexican windjammer, the Cuauhtémoc, coming into Dublin Port at dawn this morning as part of the Tall Ships festival.
(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
Last Friday, the north Mexican town of Los Ramones inaugurated a brand new police station.
On Monday night, gunmen from one of the local drug cartels pulled up in front of it, sprayed 1000 bullets and lobbed half a dozen grenades. Incredibly, no-one was killed.
On Tuesday morning, the entire police force of Los Ramones resigned.
Now here’s Mihuaxiutl with the weather…
Every Cop In Town Quits (MSNBC)