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Sediments in Gulf of Batabanó, Cuba

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November 30th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Cuba - November 21st, 2011

The Gulf of Batabanó is an inlet or strait off southwestern Cuba 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. Here, this shallower depth combined with the presence of sediments in the waters give the gulf a lighter blue color than the nearby sea.

The gulf’s northern border begins at the southern coast of Cuba in Pinar del Río Province, Havana Province, and Matanzas Province, ending at the Zapata Peninsula (Península de Zapata), a length of about 80 miles (130 km). The northeastern section of the gulf is also called Ensenada de la Broa. The gulf stretches south about 50 miles (80 km) to the Isle of Youth.

Jardines del Rey and Canarreos Archipelagos, Cuba – February 19th, 2009

February 19th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Cuba - February 15th, 2009

Cuba - February 15th, 2009

Jardines del Rey Archipelago

Jardines del Rey Archipelago

Canarreos Archipelago

Canarreos Archipelago

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.

Gulf of Batabanó, Cuba

January 1st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Cuba - December 16th, 2008

Cuba - December 16th, 2008

The Gulf of Batabanó (Spanish: Golfo de Batabanó) is an inlet or strait off southwestern Cuba in the Caribbean Sea.

It separates mainland Cuba from the Isle of Youth (Isla de la Juventud) and contains about 350 smaller islands of the Canarreos Archipelago (el Archipiélago de los Canarreos).

The gulf’s northern border is about 80 miles (130km) long, stretching from the southwestern tip of Cuba to the Zapata Peninsula (Península de Zapata). It reaches south about 50 miles (80 km) to the Isle of Youth.

The gulf is shallow–less than 200 feet (61 m) deep. This is part of the reason why the gulf appears light blue, whereas the surrounding sea is quite dark.

Other parts of the gulf, particularly near the islands, appear light blue-green, due to phytoplankton.

Light brown sediments are also visible along the coastline of the mainland and around the islands.

The northeastern section of the gulf, called Ensenada de la Broa, is dark green in color, due to an algal bloom.

This intense coloration of the water  throughout the gulf helps show the movement of the currents.

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