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Click to enlargeBahamas Photo

New Providence and Eleuthera Islands, Bahamas
Winter/Spring 1997

The Bahama Islands of New Providence (left center) and Eleuthera (right half) are visible in this north-northwest-looking view. New Providence Island, where the capital city of the Bahamas, Nassau is located, is 21 miles (34 km) long and 7 miles (11 km) wide and covers an area of 80 sq. miles (207 sq. km). Nassau is the commercial and social center of the Bahamas. The city has a large and beautiful harbor. Nassau has a warm, healthful climate, and a colorful atmosphere that makes the city a favorite winter resort. Eleuthera Island is 80 miles (133 km) long and 2 miles (3 km) wide, and covers an area of 164 sq. miles (425 sq. km). The island is generally flat and has no rivers. There are many mangrove swamps, brackish lakes, coral reefs and shoals, and miles (km) of fine sandy beaches. Eleuthera, which means "freedom" in Greek, was one of the first of the Bahama Islands to be colonized. The darker blue water of the Northeast Providence Channel (this is part of the Grand Bahama Submarine Canyon) is visible across the top portion of the image. Covering the lower center portion of the image are the dark blue waters of Exuma Sound.

Photo Credit: NASA

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