The Great Bahama Bank

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Published on 3 June 2021

The Great Bahama Bank is a large shallow water body located between Great Exuma and Andros islands in the Bahama Archipelago.

The sea in this stretch of water has depths of no more than 5 metres. The limited depth of the seabed favours the growth of corals that cover much of the Bank. The marine area also has a considerable ecological value as it supports a complex food chain, as phytoplankton and some valuable species of tuna proliferate in the growing seasons. 

This image, acquired by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites on 29 May 2021,
shows the underwater dunes of the Great Bahama Bank in the Atlantic Ocean.

In 2016, the Bahamas government started a process to protect at least 20% of its marine environment, including the Great Bahama Bank. 

Built essentially as a land monitoring mission, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites are now found to be very useful for a multitude of marine applications such as monitoring coastal waters and coral reefs, bathymetry, detecting marine debris etc. 

Check out this and many other gorgeous images
over on the Copernicus "Image of the Day" website