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Gulf of Batabanó and Guanahacabibes Peninsula, Cuba

22.4N 83.7W

January 28th, 2012 Category: Sediments

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The Gulf of Batabanó, off southwestern Cuba, appears bright blue and green due to its shallow waters, sediments and algal growth. The waters of the northeastern extension of the gulf, called Ensenada de la Broa, are a darker green color.

The Gulf of Batabanó is an inlet or strait in the Caribbean Sea, separating mainland Cuba (above) from the Isle of Youth (below). The gulf is shallow–less than 200 feet (61 m) deep–and contains about 350 smaller islands of the Canarreos Archipelago (Archipiélago de los Canarreos) besides the Isle of Youth.

Visible at the left edge of the image is the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, the westernmost point on the island of Cuba. It is located in Pinar del Río Province, in the municipality of Sandino and is sparsely populated. It also boasts the category of Biosphere Reserve, listed by UNESCO in 1987. Its location in the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico makes it vulnerable to hurricanes.

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