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#5686 Unnamed spring in Laguna Seca, Durango, Mexico

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Laguna Seca is an intermittent lake located in the state of Durango, Mexico. The Durango is officially named Estado Libre y Soberano de Durango is one of the 31 states which make up the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico, situated in the northwest of the country.  With a population of 1.832.650 Durango has Mexico’s second-lowest population density, after Baja California Sur. The capital city, Victoria de Durango, is named after the first President of Mexico, Guadalupe Victoria.

The state of Durango is located in the central-northeastern part of the country, it has a great natural diversity and unforgettable landscapes, which include desert, canyons, forests and grottoes, which have made it the favorite destination of filmmakers from all over the world to be the setting for a large number of films. Since colonial times the city has been known as a health resort because of nearby hot springs.

Durango state is most famous for being home to Francisco “Pancho” Villa Famous Mexican revolutionary.

Submitted by
Franko Janko
GPS
24.4713058, -104.6262970
Geographical region
Central America
Drainage Basin
Mezquital River
River catchment
Nazas river
Water body type
Pond
Water body name
Citlalli
Water body part
Pool
Water body course
Source
Water body: tributary of
Pond
Tributary name

Videos above and below water

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Clear water
Water transparency
Medium
Concentration of sediments
Medium
Water temperature
21.5 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
7,5
Conductivity
GH
KH
7 mg/l
Dissolved Oxygen
62 %

Substrate in nature

Sand
Orange
Pebble/Gravel
Orange
Stone
Orange
Stone form
Irregular
Silt/Mud
Orange
Leaves
Few
Driftwood
Few
Submerged terrestrial vegetation
No

Aquatic Biotope

Date of collecting
Collecting area
Open water
Water depth
Air temperature
Sunlight
Full sun

Environment

Environment
Affected by human activity
Affected by human activity
Agriculture
Agriculture
Advanced
Surrounding area

Durango lies in the south-central part of the state in a fertile valley of the Sierra Madre Occidental, about 6,200 feet (1,900 m) above sea level. Climate is mostly dry year round, in the higher parts of the mountains temperate with an average temperature of 60°F (16°C), and snow in winter time.

Flora is pine, cedar and oak trees in the mountains; fruit trees and pastures in the plains as well as cacti and agave in the arid regions. Fauna is deer, wolf, coyote, rattlesnake, scorpion and a variety of birds. Durango is an agricultural state –  tobacco, sweet potato, corn, chile, beans and squash are planted, as well as many fruit trees, such as pomegranate, quince, peach, apricot, peron and apple. They also raise pigs and cattle and sheep, and a lot of cheese is made here. People here maintain a tradition in many families of making home-made sweets, including preserves made from apple and quince, “cajetas” (a caramel made with goat’s milk), and quince and peron jellies, coradillos, fig preserves and sun-dried peaches.

Underwater landscape

The underwater landscape mostly consists of substrates made of sand, gravel and deep silty mud with rocks and stones of various sizes. The vegetation in the habitats comprises mainly green algae, Lemna, Potamogeton and Nymphaea. Most of it is without plants except for a short aufwuchs on the rocks.

Fishes:

  • Characodon audax “Laguna Seca” (Goodeidae)

Aufwuchs:

  • Algae

 

Threats to ecology

The greatest danger is caused by excessive consumption of water for agriculture, pollution of groundwater that feeds ponds, non-native species such as Gambusia, Lepomis, Micropterus, in the desert water is worth more than gold. The Characodon species has been in serious trouble for the last 20 years, so three species have already disappeared and the rest are not looking very good either, unless something changes.