Turks and Caicos Survey
Caribbean Expedition: Survey 9
The Turks and Caicos Islands are a group of more than 40 islands and cays, part of the larger Antilles island grouping. The territory is geographically contiguous to the Bahamas, but is a separate entity politically. Most of the islands consist of low, flat limestone with extensive marshes and mangrove swamps; over half the islands’ land area consists of beachfront.
The islands are a biodiversity hotspot, with a high number of endemic species and others of international importance, partially dependent on the conditions created by the oldest established salt-pan development in the Caribbean. The coral reef surrounding the islands is extensive, making it a good location for the team to survey.