A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON THE BAHAMIAN ISLANDS
Positioned a mere 50 miles off the coast of Florida at its nearest point, the Bahamian Islands, of which there are 700, form a northwest-southeast trending archipelago. The climate of the region is sub-tropical with hot summers, warm temperate winters and an average yearly rainfall of about 30 inches. The islands of the Bahamas rest on a shallow carbonate platform, which during the Pleistocene, had been intermittently exposed and submerged in conjunction with glacially-induced high and low sea level-stands. Glacial maxima favored lower sea levels that exposed bank sediment. In turn, this favored eolianite deposition which possessed the capacity for lithification under the right circumstances.
Location of the lithified dunes on
of Paradise Island by a narrow neck of a sandy beach.