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The Great Bahama Banks

Listed under Coral Reefs in Bahamas.

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This ancient reef system has been growing on itself for thousands and thousands of years. Passing by the cliff like reef edges divers can see the layers of limestone in interesting shapes that has been the reefs skeleton, a truly unique sight. Coral growth here is incredibly slow due to the cooler climate and the current reefs are small ribbon reefs and small patch reefs. This is a different kind of coral reef to the mass of marine life and colour of most reefs. Mangroves slipping off the surrounding islands keep the water here exceptionally clear and the coral here is pale and exposed in shallow water in places. Sink holes on the banks support marine life, but with less food for coral there is less food for larger life forms.

Written by  Becky White.

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