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Marquesas Keys (Florida)

Marquesas Keys (Florida)

Characteristics

Description

The Marquesas Keys (not to be confused with the Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean) form an uninhabited island group about 30 miles (50 km) west of Key West, 4 miles (6 km) in diameter, and overgrown by mangrove.

They are protected as part of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. The Marquesas were used for target practice by the military as recently as 1980.

The total area, including the lagoon, measures 29.37 km². The land area, is 6.58 km² (exactly  6.579.703 m²).

The islands are part of the Florida Keys, separated from the rest of the Florida Keys, which are farther east, by the Boca Grande Channel, which is 6 miles (10 km) wide until Boca Grande Key, the westernmost of the Mule Keys. Only the Dry Tortugas are further west, 36 miles (60 km) west of the Marquesas Keys.

The central lagoon is called Mooney Harbor.
The northernmost key is the largest and has a strip of sandy beach free of mangrove. In the past it was known as "Entrance Key". It surrounds the lagoon in the north and east. Adjoining in the south are smaller keys such as Gull Keys, Mooney Harbor Key, and finally about four unnamed keys in the southwest corner of the island.

Six miles (10 km) west of the Marquesas Keys is Rebecca Shoal.

The islands are best known for their excellent sport fishing.

8/04/2012
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Cham
Marquesas Keys (Florida)
Marquesas Keys (Florida)
15/03/2010
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Anonymous
Les Marquesas keys (à ne pas confondre avec les îles Marquises (Polynésie française dans l'océan Pacifique) forment un groupe îles inhabitées à environ 30 miles (50 km) à l'W de Key West, 4 miles (6 km) de diamètre, et envahi par la mangrove.

Elles sont protégées dans le cadre de la National Wildlife Refuge Key West. Les Marquises ont été utilisées comme zone de tir par l'armée en 1980.

La superficie totale, y compris le lagon, les mesures de 29,37 km ². La superficie du terrainest 6,58 km ² (exactement 6.579.703 m²).

Le lagon central est appelé Mooney Harbor. La clé du nord est la plus grande et a une bande de plage de sable libre de mangrove. Dans le passé elle était connue comme "Entrée Key". Elle entoure le lagon  dans le nord et l'est. Attenante au sud sont des clés plus petites comme Gull Keys, Mooney Harbor Key, et  enfin quatre touches sans nom dans le coin sud-ouest de l'île.

Six miles (10 km) à l'ouest de la Marquesas Keys se trouve Rebecca Shoal.

Les îles sont surtout connus pour leur pêche sportive excellente.

8/04/2012
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Cham
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15/03/2010
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Flying distances - Direct line

Mooney Harbor SW anchorage (Florida)

Mooney Harbor Key is located only about nine miles from Boca Grand. After carefully picking your way around the island you'll find a great outside anchorage on the west side of the island. This anchorage, with water depths of around 10 feet almost to the shore can be found at 24°33.826'N ...
8 Apr 12

Boca Grande Channel (Florida)

Boca Grande Channel, between Boca Grande Key and the Marquesas Keys, is about 15 miles W from Key West.
The channel has a controlling depth of about 11 feet from the Straits of Florida to the Gulf of Mexico and is marked by daybeacons, but is seldom used except by local boats of ...
9 Apr 12

Mooney Harbor SE anchorage (Florida)

 A good anchorage was reported SE of Mooney Harbor with a 4-foot entrance marked by pipes and deeper water within.
16 Mar 10

Boca Grande anchorage (Florida)

We can anchor with two anchors at 24° 32 952 N and 82 ° 00 122 W, on excellent holding sand, in 10 to 12 feet.
15 Mar 10

Boca Chica Key Key West NAS (Florida Keys)

Boca Chica Key is an island in the lower Florida Keys approximately 3 miles east of the island of Key West.
Its name is Spanish for "small mouth", (not "girl mouth" as many assume, since chica used as an adjective in Spanish means small).It is mainly composed of salt marshes (mangroves) ...
15 Apr 10

Boca Grande Key (Florida)

Boca Grande Key is located in the Outlying Islands of the Florida Keys, it is the largest and westernmost of the Mule Keys that are 9 miles (15 km) west of Key West.Well protected and uninhabited Boca Grande is the first natural harbor after leaving Key West.
15 Mar 10

Woman Key (Florida)

As I heard the story, Woman Key got its name from a group of prostitutes who washed ashore on the key after a Spanish ship went down in a storm. The sailors apparently ended up on another island, which is named Man Key.Today, Woman Key is a nature preserve, part of the Key West National
Wildlife ...
14 Mar 10

Ballast Key (Florida)

Balast Key is the southermost point of land in the continental United States. It is also the only privately owned land within the boundaries of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge.A large house on Ballast Key  is reported to be prominent.
14 Mar 10

Cottrel Key (Florida)

Cottrell Key is located in the Outlying Islands of the Florida Keys, it is the northernmost of the Mule Keys that are 9 miles (15 km) west of Key WestIt?s a popular spot for snorkeling. There are visible and easy to find remains of a wreck here, and it?s one of the few wrecks that ...
14 Mar 10

Mule Key (Florida)

Mule Key is located in the Outlying Islands of the Florida Keys, it is the easternmost of the Mule Keys that are 9 miles (15 km) west of Key West.
14 Mar 10

Stock Island (Florida Keys)

Stock Island is an island in the lower Florida Keys immediately east of Key West (separated from Key West by Cow Key Channel, which is only about 75 yards (70 m) wide).Immediately northwest is Key Haven (official name Raccoon Key), from which it is connected by causeway with US 1 ...
19 Mar 10

Fleming Key (Florida Keys)

Fleming Key is an island off the northwest corner of the island of Key
West, Florida in the lower Florida Keys. It is roughly 2 miles (3.2 km) long by a quarter mile wide.
It is connected to the island of Key West by the Fleming Key Bridge.
The island and bridge ...
19 Mar 10
Local Area

Area from Key West to Dry Tortugas (Florida)

Florida Reefs
On the straits side of the keys, and at an average distance of 5 miles, are the Florida Reefs, a dangerous line of shoals which extend along the entire length of the chain. These reefs extend from near Stuart, on the Atlantic coast, to the Dry Tortugas, west of ...
16 Apr 12

The Keys ( Florida)

The Florida Keys are a chain-like cluster of about 1700 islands in the southeast United States. They begin at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles (24 km) south of Miami, and extend in a gentle arc south-southwest and then westward to Key West, the ...
7 Apr 12

West Florida

The coast, for nearly 115 miles, from Key West to San Carlos Bay is low, sandy, and generally wooded. Innumerable small islands and keys, interlaced by many small rivers and bayous, make up Everglades National Park and the Ten Thousand Islands. From San Carlos Bay N to Tampa Bay the ...
6 Apr 12

Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water in the world. The shape of its basin is roughly oval and approximately 810 nautical miles (1,500 km) wide and filled with sedimentary rocks and debris. Tidal ranges are extremely small due to the narrow connection with the ocean. Considered ...
6 Apr 12

NW Atlantic Ocean

Entre le Groenland et la mer du Nord, l'Atlantique est séparé de l'Océan Arctique par le seuil de Wyville-, zone relativement peu profonde (entre 300 et 1250 m) et de laquelle émerge l'Islande.
Au Nord, c'est-à-dire déjà dans l'océan Arctique, on trouve le bassin de Norvège, ...
19 Mar 15

Key West National Wildlife Refuge (Florida)

Key West National Wildlife Refuge (28950 Watson Boulevard, Big Pine Key, FL; 33043. E-mail: keydeer@fws.gov.
Phone: 305-872-0774) extends W from Key West to Marquesas Keys.Key West National
Wildlife Refuge was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt as a preserve ...
14 Mar 10
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