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Sediments in Gulf of Batabanó, Cuba

22.5N 82.4W

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.

Popcorn Clouds Over Western Cuba

21.6N 82.8W

April 30th, 2011 Category: Clouds

Cuba - April 15th, 2011

Cuba is an archipelago of islands located in the northern Caribbean Sea at the confluence with the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

The main island (Cuba) makes up most of the land area 105,006 km2 (40,543.0 sq mi). Its western end can be seen crossing the middle of the thumbnail image; the rest of the island is visible in the full image.

The largest island outside the main island is the Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth) in the southwest, with an area of 3,056 km2 (1,179.9 sq mi), visible in the lower part of this image. Some circular “popcorn” clouds dot the skies over both islands.

Gulf of Batabanó, Southwestern Cuba

22.5N 82.4W

May 23rd, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Cuba - May 7th, 2010

Cuba - May 7th, 2010

The Gulf of Batabanó is an inlet of the Caribbean Sea, indenting southwestern Cuba. The gulf stretches from the shore of eastern Pinar del Río province approximately 80 miles (130 km) to the southwestern coast of Matanzas province and the Zapata Peninsula.

At its northern edge lies La Habana province; 50 miles (80 km) to the south is the Isla de la Juventud (“Isle of Youth”; until 1978, Isla de Pinos [“Isle of Pines”]). The shallow gulf, economically important for sponge fishing, is dotted with many smaller islands and keys.

Cuba and Nearby Caribbean Islands

21.6N 82.8W

October 16th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Cuba - September 29th, 2009

Cuba - September 29th, 2009

The island-nation of Cuba is the focus of this image, which also includes Cuba’s second-largest island, Isla de la Juventud (meaning Isle of Youth, below the main island near the left edge), Jamaica (bottom right) and Andros Island (top right) along with several smaller islands of the Bahamas.

These islands are located in the Caribbean Sea, whose waters appear bright turquoise in shallower areas such as the Gulf of Batabanó and the Bahama Banks. The Gulf of Batabanó, between the southwestern end of Cuba and Isla de la Juventud, is less than 61 meters (200 feet) deep, and the waters of the Great Bahama Bank, around Andros Island, are generally no deeper than 25 meters.

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.