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Oh, the Salty, Salty Sea

By Julie Etra for The Eye Magazine Salt content of the seas and oceans varies as do the types of salts they contain. The simple definition of a salt is any chemical compound formed from the reaction of an acid with a base, or cations (positively charged ions) and anions (negatively charged ions), to produce […]

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The Origin of Chocolate

Personally, I can’t imagine a world without chocolate, but before Cortez conquered Mexico it did not exist in Europe. In fact, it was centuries later before the confection that we know today came into being. In Mexico, where chocolate originated, it was not a sweet treat, but a bitter tasting beverage, mixed with chile and […]

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‘Huatulco’ or Where the Tree is Worshipped

A colorful series of blooming trees announces the South Pacific Mexican spring. The jacaranda trees bloom with brilliant purple flowers. The primavera trees (Tabebuia) blossom with pink or yellow showy flowers. Bats pollinate the trees. Bees and several species of hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. The shaving brush tree  (bombax ellipticum) blooms early spring with […]

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When Can I See Humpbacks in Huatulco?

Humpback Whale _Megaptera novaeangliae_ Photo_ NOAA Whales can be seen off the coast of Huatulco generally from mid-December through March. The majority of whales that can be observed are humpbacks although blue whales, gray whales and orcas can also more rarely be seen. Humpback Whale _Megaptera novaeangliae_ Credit_ Danielle Cholewiak_ NOAA NEFSC The humpback is […]

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