Central America and The Caribbean
Hurricane Bonnie, Northeast of Bermuda - 1992
Most of the Western Bahama Banks, the Tongue of the Ocean (center), and Andros
Island (left), as well as north central Cuba (lower left) with its fringing
reefs, may be seen in this one view in The Bahamas. The green-turquoise water over the banks is
less than 9 m deep but the deep blue of the Tongue is 1,200 to 1,800 m deep. All
the sediment on the banks, including the material that forms the islands, is
calcium carbonate (lime) precipitated from sea water by animals and plants (NASA).
Geographic Guide - World in Pictures, American Continent.
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