UNESCO Adds Mexico's El Pinacate and Gran Altar Desert


Photo by IUCN Tilman Jaeger

Mexico just got a little more cultural, with the addition of a new UNESCO World Heritage site. Last month the UNESCO World Heritage Committee added 34 sites to the list after meeting in Cambodia. As a result of the meeting, El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve was included on that list.

El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve is in Mexico's state of Sonoro. According to Journey Mexico, "To the east, a dormant volcanic shield, El Pinacate, of black and red laval flows and giant craters; and in the west, the Gran Altar Desert with active sand dunes…" 

The desert ecosystem has more than 540 species of plants, 44 mammals, more than 200 birds, over 40 reptiles and more.

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