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The Exumas and Isolated Platforms

How and why deep channels cut the shallow banks in the Bahamas is
still hotly debated in the geologic circles. The winding channels
of the northern Bahamas do not exist further south; the southern
Bahamas and Turks and Caicos comprise smaller isolated carbonate
platforms. Complicated current patterns are outlined in this pho-
tograph by the shape and distribution of the shallow sand banks
on the Bahama platform. This is especially well displayed around
Great Exuma Island (1).

Many of the Exuma Islands are privately owned and are accessible
only by private aircraft or boat. Because of their remoteness,
and the shallow banks and swift currents around these islands,
the coastal waters are littered with ship and plane wrecks.