Finding Out About Our Country Hundreds of Islands
Hundreds of Islands • Objectives: Students will be able to: • Define the term archipelago and state why it is called an archipelago • State the geographical location of The Bahamas • List the names of islands, their geographical location where they may be found and the key information indigenous to each island
Vocabulary • Archipelago: • islands: a group or chain of islands • sea with islands: an area of sea with many islands • Island: • piece of land surrounded by water: • an area of land, smaller than a continent, that is completely surrounded by water
Vocabulary • Cay: • small island: a small low island or reef in the ocean, made of coral or sand, especially in the Caribbean • Weather forecaster: • A person who broadcast about weather • a person announcing weather conditions on a radio or television broadcast
Hundreds of Islands • The Bahamas is an archipelago – a group of over 700 islands and cays lying close to one another. The islands stretch in a northwesterly to southeasterly direction.
Hundreds of Islands • If the land area of all the islands is added together, they cover a total area of almost 14,000 square kilometers. • If we include the sea between the islands, The Bahamas is a country of about 260,000 square kilometers.
Hundreds of Islands • Since the Bahamian islands cover such a large area, there may be different kinds of weather occurring in different parts of the country at the same time.
Hundreds of Islands • When we listen to the weather forecast, it is different for each part of the Bahamas. Weather forecasters divide the country into three groups of islands. They are Northwestern, Central and Southeastern Bahamas. Which group of islands do you live in?