The water in the Caribbean appears blue because it absorbs the red, yellow and green wavelengths of light while reflecting the shorter blue wavelengths of light. The Caribbean water is very clear due to the absence of suspended particles and plankton, further increasing the blue color.Know More
In areas of the ocean where the water has large levels of plankton, the water takes on a green color. Plankton uses chlorophyll to produce food through photosynthesis. Water suspends plankton, causing it to reflect more of the green light that occurs in tropical areas such as the Caribbean.
There is a cost to the clear, blue water of the Caribbean, however. Plankton is the base of the food web for ocean life. In these blue waters, life is harsh, and the creatures living there must adapt to living in a nutrient-poor ocean.
Observers see these adaptations in the coral reef. Coral are living creatures that form the bony structure for the underwater community. The reef provides hiding places and draws in other ocean life. The coral reef ecosystem reduces the harshness of tropical ocean life without affecting the color of the water.
In some shallow areas, the water takes on an aqua color due to the reflection of the sunlight on the sand at the bottom of the ocean. However, in areas where the water is deeper, most of the light is absorbed as energy by the water long before it has a chance to reflect from the bottom of the ocean.Learn more about Caribbean
Blackbeard (born Edward Teach), Henry 'Captain Morgan' Morgan, Bartholomew 'Black Bart' Roberts, Anne Bonny and Mary Read all either operated or were part of successful pirating schemes in the Caribbean between the 17th and 19th centuries. The main period of European piracy in this part of the world started in the early 1600s and was mostly quashed toward the mid-1800s thanks to the interference of European and American naval forces.Full Answer >
The predominant religion in the Caribbean is Catholicism, followed by Protestantism and then Hinduism. The British brought Protestantism to the region beginning in the 1620s, while the earlier and much greater French and Spanish colonial influence helped Catholicism to become the major religion. The slaves that were brought to the region also added their own African beliefs to the mixture, and gave rise to new hybrid religions that combined elements of African spirituality with Christianity, such as Vodun, Shango and Orisha.Full Answer >
A total of 25 countries are in the Caribbean. They include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, and more.Full Answer >
The smallest island in the Caribbean is Saba, which has a land area of 5 square miles. The island’s small size keeps it secluded with a local population of around 1,500.Full Answer >