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Andros Island

Description: Andros, the largest island in the Bahamas, is about 160 km long and as much as 64 km wide. It is a low island, cut by numerous saltwater creeks, rivers and deep bays. Much of Andros is covered with forests of pine and hardwoods. The eastern margin of Andros is bordered by the Tongue of the Ocean, a 1,800 m deep abyss that separates Andros from New Providence. A fringing barrier reef runs for more than 230 km along the Tongue of the Ocean, making it one of the longest in the world. On all other sides, Andros is surrounded by the shallow waters of the Great Bahama Bank.

Click here to view the full size image Andros Island from the Mir Space Station. North Andros is the largest island in view. The dark blue, deep waters of the Tongue of the Ocean contrast with the light blue, shallow waters overlying the Great Bahama Bank.
Date Taken: 16 November 1995
NASA Photo ID: STS074-731-028
Click here to view the full size image Andros Island. North Andros (top) is separated from South Andros (bottom) by three tidal creeks - North, Middle and South Bights. The dark blue, deep waters of the Tongue of the Ocean are seen in the lower right corner, while the light blue, shallow waters overlying the Great Bahama Bank are in the upper left.
Date Taken: May 1992
NASA Photo ID: STS049-151-116
Click here to view the full size image Andros Island. North Andros (top) is separated from South Andros (bottom) by three tidal creeks - North, Middle and South Bights. North Bight is clearly visible in the center of the photo, while South Bight is at the bottom. The deep waters of the Tongue of the Ocean are seen in right, while the shallow waters overlying the Great Bahama Bank are to the left.
Date Taken: July 1992
NASA Photo ID: STS050-77-047

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Principle Inland Blue Holes
South Andros

North Andros

Principle Ocean Blue Holes
South Andros

North Andros

    Bob's Blue Hole
    Conch Sound Blue Hole
    Long Rock Blue Hole
    Mastic Point Blue Hole
    Ocean Blue Hole
    Rat Cay Blue Hole

Anchialine Fauna of Andros

Phylum Arthropoda (arthropods)
Subphylum Crustacea (crustaceans)
Order Decapoda (decapods)
Infraoder Caridea (shrimp)
Order Isopoda (isopods, pill bugs)
Order Amphipoda (amphipods)
Order Cumacea (cumaceans)
    • Campylaspis (Bacescua) heardi Muradian-Ciamician, 1980
    • Cumella (Cumewingia) caribbeana Bacescu, 1971
Order Thermosbaenacea (thermosbaenaceans)
Subclass Ostracoda (ostracods)
Class Remipedia (remipedes)
Phylum Chordata (chordates)
Class Osteichthyes (bony fish)
    Family Bythitidae

References:

  • Carew, J.L., J.E. Mylroie, and S.J. Schwabe. 1998. The geology of South Andros Island, Bahamas: a reconnaissance report. Cave and Karst Science, 25(2):57-66, 7 figures, 7 plates, 2 tables.
  • Hutchinson, J.M.C. 1998. Factors influencing the surface fauna of inland blue holes on South Andros, Bahamas. Cave and Karst Science, 25(2):83-92, 1 table.
  • Palmer, R.J. 1986. Hydrology and speleogenesis beneath Andros Island. Cave Science, 13(1):7-12, 4 figures, 1 plate.
  • Palmer, R.J. 1986. The Blue Holes of South Andros, Bahamas. Cave Science, 13(1):3-6, 6 figures.
  • Palmer, R.J., J.M.C. Hutchinson, S.J. Schwabe, and F.F. Whitaker. 1998. Inventory of blue hole sites explored or visited on South Andros Island, Bahamas. Cave and Karst Science, 25(2):97-102, 8 maps.
  • Palmer, R.J., G.F. Warner, P. Chapman, and R.J. Trott. 1998. Habitat zonation in Bahamian Blue Holes. Cave and Karst Science, 25(2):93-96, 1 figure.
  • Trott, R.J. and G.F. Warner. 1986. The Biota in the Marine Blue Hole of Andros Island. Cave Science, 13(1):13-19, 2 figures, 4 plates, 3 tables.
  • Whitaker, F.F. 1998. The blue holes of the Bahamas: an overview and introduction to the Andros Project. Cave and Karst Science, 25(2):53-56, 2 figures.
  • Whitaker, F.F. and P.L. Smart. 1998. Hydrology, geochemistry and diagenesis of fracture blue holes, South Andros. Cave and Karst Science, 25(2):75-82, 6 figures, 3 plates.


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