Published On: Sat, Aug 12th, 2017

Explore cuisine from Cancun in the Gulf of Mexico

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Bette Banjack released an interesting column regarding the Mexican cousine. It sure helps you improve your skills into the kitchen!

The Gulf of Mexico is an ocean basin surrounded by the North American continent. This includes Mexico, Cuba and the United States. The United States bordering it are Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas. The Gulf is broken in down to seven areas stretching from Key West Florida to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

The shape is roughly an oval and is 810 nautical miles wide. The floor is made up of sedimentary rocks. Due to the continental shelves, about one-half is quite shallow. There are many hypotheses to the forming of this basin of water. The Gulf of Mexico was formed over 300 million years ago. Before that time, it is believed to have been cover by land.

European explorer Amerigo Vespucci was the first to discover the Gulf in 1497. Christopher Columbus’s expedition only got as far as Cuba.

The U.S. coast portion covers 1,680 miles, receiving the flow of 33 major rivers. The Mexican coast is 1,743 miles for a total of 3,423 miles. Yet, the distance from Key West, Fla., to Cancun, Mexico, is 368 miles over water. Finishing out the oval is the island of Cuba.

Warm Atlantic Ocean currents known as the Gulf Stream are known to aid in the development of tropical storms. These warm currents feed powerful dangerous systems that create Atlantic hurricanes. It is not unheard of for earthquakes to accrue, but usually not over 5.0 in the Richter scale.

A major pollution contributor is oil drilling and agriculture runoff. There is believed to be approximately 27,000 abandoned oil and gas rigs in the Gulf waters. “Red Tide” algae plagues Florida from the south and southwest — from Key West north to Paso County. Poor agriculture practices along the Florida Panhandle adds to algae problems, causing lack of oxygen in the water.

The Florida Panhandle (West Florida) is located 200 miles along the coast and varies from 50 to 100 miles north. The largest city is Tallahassee, and it is the state capital of Florida. Many residents in this area migrated from Alabama and consider themselves more in line with Alabama than Florida.




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