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New country souvenir, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, with Geocache of the Week: Dean’s Blue Hole

EarthCache
GC2C3N9
by TerraViators

Difficulty:
1
Terrain:
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Location:
Bahamas
N 23° 06.363 W 075° 00.537

Today, we release a new country/regional souvenir for The Bahamas. If you have found a geocache in The Bahamas, you automatically receive the souvenir on your profile.


Image by Bsharwood.

Let’s dive in. You’ve heard about black holes but what about blue holes? A blue hole is an underwater cavern, also known as a sinkhole. The world’s deepest seawater blue hole is Dean’s Blue Hole in Turtle Cove of the Bahamas’ Long Island. It is a staggering 663 feet (202 meters) deep and is home to our Geocache of the Week.

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is located south-east of the coast of Florida and north of Cuba. It is surrounded by cayes, or rocky reef islands, and consists of 700 islands, 30 of which are inhabited. If you visit, be sure to keep an eye out for the lusca, a mythical octopus-like sea monster that has been reportedly hiding in the depths of The Bahamas’ warm waters for generations. Legends say they lurk in blue holes.


Image by mtncachers.

The water around the Bahamas is a breathtaking turquoise. The color comes from the white calcium carbonate sand and the color of light when it’s reflected off the bottom and unabsorbed by the water. Some other things that contain calcium carbonate are pearls and shells. There are a variety of sea animals to be found inside Dean’s Blue Hole. Snorkelers and divers may cross watery paths with turtles, seahorses, rays, and many brightly colored tropical fish.

This week’s Geocache of the Week, Dean’s Blue Hole, is a great find for any cacher who loves to soak in the sun while also soaking in geological knowledge. (GC2C3N9) showcases the Bahama’s famous beaches while educating visitors about the science of this bucket-list destination. To log this EarthCache, there are only two questions to answer. Be sure to be as descriptive as possible!


Image by Ruhm0001.

Typically, blue holes look like ponds. Normally, these liquid voids range from 82–115 ft (25–35 meters), but Dean’s Blue Hole is as uniquely large as it is stunning. Although we cannot give away an answer to one of the questions of this cache, we can assure you that this is wider than any other. This size may be due to many features that surround it. It is connected to the Atlantic on one side and hugged by rocky cliffs and white sand beaches on the other, so you are guaranteed to be amazed by this not-so-little treasure!

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We know geocachers love country and regional souvenirs and we do too! We are releasing at least one new country/regional souvenir per month starting in January 2019. These new souvenirs will be featured alongside Geocaches of the Week in each region and shared on the third Wednesday of each month. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here.

Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.


Source: Geocaching

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