Great Bahamas Bank
19 December 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.
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