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Mexico Mayan Site Gets Double Heritage Status

July 10, 2014

By The Associated Press

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MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The southern Mexico Mayan ruins of Calakmul have become the country`s first site to receive the "mixed" World Heritage designation from the United Nations.

The designation cites both the pyramids of the ancient city-state and hundreds of thousands of acres of well-preserved tropical forest that surrounds them.

But authorities say the heritage designation for another Mexican site, the "floating gardens" of Xochimilco, could be in danger.

The man-made islands created by the Aztecs have been hit by pollution and urban sprawl, endangering the endemic salamanders known as axolotls.

The director of the country`s National Institute of Anthropology and History says there is a plan to rescue Xochimilco.

But Teresa Franco said Wednesday that it could be at risk "if quick and efficient action isn`t taken."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Story image: Here is a view of the Calakmul Mayan ruins in southern Mexico. (Wikimedia Common)

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