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Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas

March 11th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas - March 4th, 2009

Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas - March 4th, 2009

Florida Everglades

Florida Everglades

Most of the state of Florida, USA (left), Cuba (bottom) and the Bahamas (right) are portrayed in this brightly colored reduced-resolution image.

The vivid light blue indicates shallow waters, often over carbonate platforms such as the Bahama Banks. The dark navy blue, on the other hand, shows where the waters are deepest.

Green phytoplankton or algae can be seen in various places, particularly off the northern coast of Cuba and the southern tip of Florida, as well as around the northernmost Bahama Islands (Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands).

The close-up focuses on the southern tip of Florida, including the Everglades (top) and the Florida Keys (bottom).

The Everglades are a subtropical wetland, comprising the southern half of a large watershed.  The term “River of Grass” is often used to describe the sawgrass marshes, part of a complex system of interdependent ecosystems that include cypress swamps, the estuarine mangrove forests of the Ten Thousand Islands, tropical hardwood hammocks, pine rockland, and the marine environment of Florida Bay.

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