Bay of Campeche

Bay of Campeche

The Bay of Campeche ( _es. Bahía de Campeche) (sometimes confused with "Sonda de Campeche") is the southern bight of the Gulf of Mexico. It is surrounded on three sides by the Mexican states of Campeche, Tabasco and Veracruz. It was named by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba and Antonio de Alaminos during their expedition in 1517.

Oil resource

The Cantarell Complex of five oil fields lies beneath the Bay of Campeche. It is the second most productive oil field in the world, supplying about two thirds of Mexico's crude oil output. On June 3, 1979, Ixtoc I, an exploratory oil well, located in the bay, suffered a blowout and became the largest unintentional oil spill in history.The area of the bay is approximately 6000 square miles (15540 square km).

Miscellaneous information

During the months of June and July, the Bay of Campeche is considered one of the "hot" breeding spots for Atlantic hurricanes.ref|hurricanes The bay is also considered the eastern border on the main migration routes for birds in the Americas.ref|birds


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  • Campeche — noun 1. a Mexican city on the Bay of Campeche • Instance Hypernyms: ↑city, ↑metropolis, ↑urban center 2. a Mexican state on the eastern part of the Gulf of Campeche • Instance Hypernyms: ↑state, ↑province …   Useful english dictionary

  • Campeche — geographical name 1. state SE Mexico in W Yucatán Peninsula area 21,666 square miles (56,115 square kilometers), population 535,185 2. city & port, its capital, on Bay of Campeche population 172,208 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Campeche — • Diocese in the State of Campeche, Republic of Mexico, suffragan of the Archdiocese of Yucatan Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Campeche     Campeche      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Campeche — [kam pē′chē; ] Sp [ käm pe′che] 1. state of SE Mexico, in the W Yucatán Peninsula: 20,013 sq mi (51,833 sq km); pop. 535,000 2. capital of this state, a port on the Gulf of Campeche: pop. 174,000 3. Gulf ( or Bay) of 4. Gulf of arm of the Gulf of …   English World dictionary

  • Campeche, Bay of — Inlet of the Gulf of Mexico. Bounded by the Yucatán Peninsula, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and the southern part of the state of Veracruz, it covers about 6,000 sq mi (15,500 sq km). Major offshore oil fields were developed in the bay in the… …   Universalium

  • Campeche — /kæmˈpeɪtʃeɪ/ (say kam paychay) noun 1. a state in south eastern Mexico on the Yucatán peninsula. 51 833 km2. Capital: Campeche. 2. Also, Gulf of Campeche. Bay of, a bay on the south western part of the Gulf of Mexico …   Australian English dictionary

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