August 1, 2011
The light-blue region in the middle of this view, photographed from the Space Shuttle Atlantis, is the shallow flat platform known as the Great Bahama Bank. The platform is covered by less than 100 feet of water. Andros Island, the biggest island in the Bahamas chain, is the highest part of this platform and appears partly under cloud cover in the center of the view. The edges of the platform are steep, dropping off thousands of feet into the ocean depths, the deepest water indicated by deep blues. The 50-mile-wide Strait of Florida is the deep water along the left and lower sides of the view. The Key Largo part of the Florida Peninsula appears in the extreme lower left.