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Theresa February 3rd, 2002 08:53 AM

Ignorant Stupid Question
 
I was thinking of future vacation plans and looking at past vacations. I have spent time at Sheraton bal harbour in Miami which is on the ocean and also at Daytona Beach. The ocean was very gray looking and while I enjoyed those trips - I enjoyed the water in the pool better.

So my stupid question -why is the Atlantic ocean so much prettier the farther south you go in the Caribbean?

Thanks!

Don G February 3rd, 2002 10:10 AM

Re: Ignorant Stupid Question
 
It can't be a stupid question, you are smart enough to ask, rather than make up something like everyone else.

Clarity and coral formations...... You can't see your hand in front of your face off either coast. The waters of the Caribbean are so pure sunlight penetrates nearly 100 feet in places. Coral formations lose color definition without lots of light, that's why underwater photographers have to use flash. We learned to dive living in the Caribbean. Spoiled us for anywhere else. Same thing in the Pacific islands. If you live there you never get tired of it. Never mind why the waters off our coasts are so murky.

More than you ever wanted to know.

Scott24 February 3rd, 2002 01:25 PM

Re: Ignorant Stupid Question
 
The coral actually filters the water wich makes it clearer. also the coral reefs are a barrier to waves which keeps sand and silt from being stirred up which leads to clearer water and better visibility. Deep water found offshore is always blue because there is not much particulate matter in it.

Andrea February 5th, 2002 10:32 AM

Re: Ignorant Stupid Question
 
Also,

the further south you are, the warmer the water, the less plankton etc(they prefer it cooler).

Andrea

Mark February 6th, 2002 08:03 PM

Re: Ignorant Stupid Question
 
Nicest beaches in florida are on west coast of fla, gulf of mexico, some of the nicest in the usa.

Theresa February 7th, 2002 08:16 PM

Re: Ignorant Stupid Question
 
WOW - thanks everyone!

I appreciate it. Knew someone would have answers.


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