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Turquoise Waters Over Bahama Banks

25.0N 77.3W

May 11th, 2012 Category: Clouds

Bahamas - May 8th, 2012

The waters around the islands of the Bahamas appear bright turquoise that suddenly changes to dark blue due to the Bahama Banks. The Bahama Banks are submerged carbonate platforms that make up much of the Bahama Archipelago. Since the platforms suddenly drop off to great depths, the water above them is shallow and appears lighter in color before suddenly changing to dark blue.

Also visible in the full image are the island-nation of Cuba (below) and the Florida Peninsula, belonging to the USA (above). Both areas are covered by dotted white popcorn clouds, probably due to an increase in photosynthetic activity in the vegetation in the region.

Bahama Banks and Caribbean Nations

23.6N 75.5W

November 17th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and Neighboring Islands- November 14th, 2011

This image offers a look at central to eastern Cuba (left), Jamaica (lower center), Haiti (lower right), the Turks and Caicos islands (center right) and the Bahamas (upper left).

The waters around the Bahamas appear light blue, then suddenly change to navy blue, as they are significantly shallower – they flow over carbonate platforms that abruptly drop off to great depths. These platforms are known as the Bahama Banks.

Cay Sal Bank of the Bahamas, North of Cuba

22.9N 77.2W

October 16th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Cuba and Bahamas - October 12th, 2011

The bright turquoise form in the sea north of Cuba is caused by the Bahama Banks, the submerged carbonate platforms that make up much of the Bahama Archipelago. The water appears light greenish-blue then suddenly dark blue because the waters above the platforms are shallow, then become very deep where the platforms abruptly drop off.

The bank visible here north of Cuba is the Cay Sal Bank (Spanish: Placer de los Roques), the third largest and westernmost of the Bahama Banks.  In a geographical sense, it is separate from the Bahamas proper as it is much closer to Cuba (from which it is separated by Nicholas Channel, at a distance of 50 km) than to the closest Bahamanian island.

Cuba, the Bahamas and the Florida Peninsula

24.5N 80.5W

September 13th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Cuba - September 9th, 2011

The island-nation of Cuba stretches across the lower half of this image; visible to the north are the Bahamas and the Florida Peninsula (USA).

The areas where the sea appears lighter blue are areas of shallower waters. Around the Bahamas, these shallow areas are known as the Bahama Banks – limestome platforms that drop off abruptly to incredible depths.

Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba

24.5N 79.2W

April 9th, 2011 Category: Lakes

USA and Cuba - March 30th, 2011

The southern part of the Florida Peninsula, USA, can be seen in the upper left quadrant of this image. Lake Okeechobee appears as a dark blue, circular area near the east coast, while the Everglades are visible along the southwest coast.

The island-nation of Cuba occupies the lower half of the image, and the Bahamas can be found at the upper and center right. The bright blue color surrounding the islands is due to the shallower waters over the limestone platforms of the Bahama Banks.