Jardines del Rey and Canarreos Archipelagos, Cuba – February 19th, 2009
The island nation of Cuba is visible from end to end upon opening this sharp, full image.
The two close-ups focus on two archipelagos: Jardines del Rey, off Cuba’s northern coast, and the Canarreos Archipelago, off the southwestern coast.
The Jardines del Rey Archipelago (English: Gardens of the King), first close-up, developed on the coral reef system that lines Cuba’s shore, between the Atlantic and the Bay of Buena Vista and Bay of Jiguey.
It extends for on a north-west to south-east direction, and is part of the Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago.
There is a green algal bloom in this area that is particularly strong between the northern coast of Cuba and the southern shores of the islands.
The second close-up examines the Canarreos Archipelago, in the Gulf of Batabanó. It includes the large Isle of Youth (Isla de la Juventud) and approximately 350 other smaller islands. The gulf is shallow, hence its light blue color. Some green algal growth is visible around the coastlines of Cuba and the Canarreos islands.