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Great Bahamas Bank

19 December 2014

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Underwater structures of the Great Bahamas Bank are pictured in this image from the Landsat-8 satellite on 5 February 2014.

Sitting north of Cuba, the bank is made of limestone - mainly from the skeletal fragments of marine organisms - that has been accumulating for over 100 million years.

Currents sculpted these underwater sediments into the wavy pattern we see along the bottom of the image, just a few metres deep.

Great Bahamas Bank

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The Earth Watching project is an ESA/ESRIN service to help local authorities and to promote the benefits of remote sensing data during emergencies, sending images and articles to newspapers, magazines and TV stations.

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