The Bahamas – November 30th, 2008
Despite the Atlantic Hurricane season whose storms frequently cover this region with clouds, we have here a very clear look at some of the islands of the Bahamas.
The Bahamas, officially the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is an independent, sovereign country consisting of two thousand cays and seven hundred islands that form an archipelago.
Upon opening the full image, many islands, large and small, become visible. The most prominent of these is the island of Andros on the far left, the largest in the Bahamas.
We can also see the smaller, round Nassau Island in the center, where the country’s capital is located.
The long, hook-shaped island in the center is called Eleuthera Island, and to its right we can see the tip of Cat Island.
All the islands are low and flat, with ridges that usually rise no more than 15 to 20 m (49 to 66 ft). The highest point in the country is Mount Alvernia, or Como Hill, which has an altitude of 63 metres (210 ft).
The climate of the Bahamas is subtropical to tropical, and is moderated significantly by the waters of the Gulf Stream, particularly in winter.
Conversely, this often proves very dangerous in the summer and autumn, when hurricanes pass near or through the islands.