Department of Geology, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
San Pedro Town and Ambergris Caye were spared the devastation suffered by its neighbors because of the southerly track that Mitch took and the protection afforded by the barrier reef. But we lost all the docks, and took on a lot of water, especially in the Boca Del Rio area.
As the photos on this page show, we had a rough week. But its all over now, most of the damage you see here has been cleaned up, the docks are rebuilt, and the sand has been pushed and pulled back to where we want it! So come on and visit us, and wonder at the beauty that the sea has given us.
Visible developments in this story are taking place every few days. Most of the rubble is picked up and hauled away now: the folks in low areas need the fill! Presently on the island, these is some visible damage remaining, but mainly as a sight to see. Remaining disruption is almost if not entirely nonexistent. In fact, the turn-on of the Mexican power grid has essentially eliminated blackouts, so there's progress in spite of Mitch.
These rubble and bad beach erosion shots from the village convey a condition that no longer exists.
Q - The reef ?
Hurricanes and other storms are natural events that serve to continually modify coastal areas. Fortunately, Hurricane Mitch missed Ambergris Caye, and so, damage and changes were minimal. The following report describes the damage and changes in a geologic context for interested readers. The scenic attractions of the area on and around Ambergris Caye, however, are intact and clean-up was rapid after the storm as life quickly returned to normal in San Pedro Town. The reef is still beautiful, and diving, fishing, birding are excellent; and facilities are working 100%. Belize still remains a foremost vacation and tourist destination in the Caribbean!
Thanks to Chris Berlin for the video that bore the images on this page. The rest of the photos in this information came from the Wichita State Geology team that wrote the report.
The authors would like to thank Dr. Gerald Loper, Vice President for Research, and Dr. David Glenn-Lewin, Dean of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, for their financial support of our trip to Belize in November - December. For comments, here is the e-mail address of the senior author: firstname.lastname@example.org
The authors would like to thank Dr. Gerald Loper, Vice President for Research, and Dr. David Glenn-Lewin, Dean of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, for their financial support of our trip to Belize in November - December.
For comments, here is the e-mail address of the senior author: email@example.com
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