Scorpion Reef

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Scorpion Reef
Native name: Arrecife Alacranes
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ISS image of Scorpion Reef
Geography
Location Gulf of Mexico
Progreso Municipality
Yucatán, Mexico
Coordinates 22°22′58″N 89°40′57.8″W / 22.38278°N 89.682722°W / 22.38278; -89.682722
Archipelago Campeche Bank
Total islands 5
Major islands Isla Pérez
Administration
Additional information
Official name Parque Nacional Arrecife Alacranes
Designated February 2, 2008[1]

Scorpion Reef (Spanish: Arrecife Alacranes) is a reef surrounding a small group of islands in the Gulf of Mexico off the northern coast of the state of Yucatán, Mexico.[2] Designated a national park, the reef is part of the Campeche Bank archipelago and is the largest reef in the southern Gulf of Mexico.[3][4]

Scorpion Reef contains the five main vegetated islands of Isla Pérez, Isla Desertora, Isla Pájaros, Isla Chica, and Isla Desterrada.[3][4] Isla Perez is the only inhabited island and includes a lighthouse.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ramsar List". Ramsar.org. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alacranes Reef". Yucatan Today. 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Arrecife Alacrán". GulfBase. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Instituto Nacional de Ecología" (in Spanish). Parque Marino Nacional Arrecife Alacranes. Retrieved 13 April 2010.