STS070-712-82

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Spacecraft nadir point: 22.2° N, 72.4° W

Photo center point: 22.5° N, 74.5° W

Nadir to Photo Center: West

Spacecraft Altitude: 154 nautical miles (285km)
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Image Caption: Acklins Island, Bahamas
The islands of the Bahamas provide striking views to the astronauts because of the sharp color contrasts between the clear, light blue waters in the shallow lagoons and banks of the Bahamas, and the deep blue waters of the deep channels between the islands. Indeed, the deep channels are 1,000 to 1,000m in depth, and the light blue banks are generally less than 10m deep.

This view shows Acklins Island in the central Bahamas. Theclear water allows several submarine features to be defined. The central lagoon is enclosed by narrow strips of land bordering the small platform. Tidal currents form detailed channels at the edge of the bank, and these channels funnel sand off the bank into the deep water. Darker areas in the lagoon are probably sea grass beds, and lighter areas are submerged sand bars.