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The Petén, Guatemala

 Above, a bajo near the archeological site of El Tintal. At right, Jim Nations (left) and Tom Sever investigate a bajo near Nakum. And below, TM classified satellite image showing the bajos (in pink) which make up 40% of the land surface in the Petén. The bajos are being investigated to determine how the ancient Maya may have used them for farming.

Responsible Official: Dr. James L. Smoot (
Page Author: Tom Sever
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