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The Abacos

Description: Located just east of Grand Bahama on the Little Bahama Bank, the Abacos' make up the second largest island group (after Andros) in the Bahamas. The Abacos' main islands (Great Abaco and Little Abaco) and numerous offshore cays cover a land area of approximately 1700 square kilometers and extend for about 200 km from Walker's Cay in the north to Hole in the Wall at the southern end. One of the world's largest barrier reef systems runs almost 160 km from Walker's Cay to about 32 km south of Elbow Cay, and Abacos' string of offshore cays extends almost the same distance from Walker's to just off Little Harbour. In 1997, estimated population of the Abacos was 12,000.

Click here to view the full size image Great Abaco Island. Abaco occupies the western end of the Little Bahama Bank. Grand Bahama is clearly visible on the left side of the photo), while the northern tip of Eleuthera is in the lower right corner.
Date Taken: February 1994
NASA Photo ID: STS060-86-020
Click here to view the full size image Great Abaco Island. Little Abaco and north end of Great Abaco Island (26.5 N, 77.5 W), with deep ocean waters on the Atlantic on the right and shallow waters of the Little Bahama Bank on the left.
Date Taken: February 1994
NASA Photo ID: STS060-84-029
Click here to view the full size image Great Abaco Island. Central portion of Abaco (26.5 N, 77.5 W), with deep ocean waters on the Atlantic on the right and shallow waters of the Little Bahama Bank on the left.
Date Taken: February 1994
NASA Photo ID: STS060-84-031
Click here to view the full size image Great Abaco Island. Southern tip of Abaco (26.5 N, 77.5 W) - note the submerged sand bars in shallow water of the Little Bahama Bank.
Date Taken: February 1994
NASA Photo ID: STS060-84-032

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Principle Inland Blue Holes
Great Abaco

    Dan's Cave
    Magical Sink
    Sawmill Sink

Principle Ocean Blue Holes
Great Abaco

    Cherokee Sound Blue Holes
    Reel Breaker Blue Hole

Anchialine Fauna of Abaco Cays

Subphylum Crustacea (crustaceans)
Subclass Ostracoda (ostracods)
Order Amphipoda (amphipods)
Order Decapoda (decapods)
Infraorder Caridea (shrimp)
Order Cumacea (cumaceans)
Order Thermosbaenacea (thermosbaenaceans)
Class Remipedia (remipedes)
Phylum Chordata (chordates)
Class Osteichthyes (bony fish)
    Family Bythitidae


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