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Sand Key light (Key west)

Sand Key light (Key west)



Sand Key light is located 6 nautical miles southwest of Key West, Florida, between Sand Key Channel and Rock Key Channel, two of the channels into Key West.
It is located on a reef that is intermittently covered by sand. At times the key has been substantial enough to have trees, and in 1900 nine to twelve thousand terns nested on the island.

At other times the island has been washed away completely. As of 1998, Sand Key was a sand bar with no vegetation.

It is located in lower Biscayne Bay, between Elliott Key and Boca Chita Key.

Sand Key light (Key west)
Sand Key light est situé à 6 M au S de Key West, il est adjacent au Southwest channel, un des principaux canaux dans West Key.

Il se trouve sur un récif qui est couvert par le sable de temps en temps.

Certaine fois l'îlot a été suffisamment important pour avoir des arbres, et en 1900  9 à 12000 oiseaux naissaient sur cet îlot. A d'autres époque l'îlot a été complètement recouvert par la mer.

Il est située dans le parc national de Biscayne.

Sand Key light (Key west)
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Rock Key (Florida)

Rock key is a block of reefs located 24°27 342 N et 81°51 458 W,between Sand Key and Eastern Dry Rock.
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Southwest Channel (Florida)

A convenient approach to Key West from SW, has been swept to a depth of 23 feet, and is marked by buoys.
Strangers should not attempt passage at night.
12 Mar 10

West channel (Key West)

 West Channel, a passage leading W from Key West between the keys and outer reefs, is deep but unmarked. It is used by shrimp boats and small craft bound toward the Dry Tortugas. Local knowledge is advised for safe passage.
15 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

Main Ship Channel (Florida Keys)

Main Ship Channel is the only deep-draft approach to Key West. Federal project depth is 34 feet from the Straits of Florida to a turning basin off the Naval Air Station Truman Annex Mole and inside the annex basin, thence 30 feet to an upper turning basin off Key West Bight, and then ...
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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

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 ...
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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.
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SW Fort Taylor anchorage (Key West)

The outer anchorages, SW of Fort Taylor and about 1 mile SSE of Eastern Triangle Light, are favored by deep-draft vessels.
They are somewhat exposed, but have depths of 22 to 36 feet and are safe for vessels with good ground tackle.
6 Mar 10

Northwest Channel (Florida Keys)

Northwest Channel is a medium-draft passage between Key West Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. In May 2002, the midchannel controlling depth was 10 feet. Vessels can pass directly across the reefs from the Gulf to the Straits of Florida by way of Northwest Channel and Main Ship Channel.
The ...
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Pier B and Navy Mole (Key West Harbor)

Pier B is another deepwater berthing facility operated by The Truman Annex Company. It has 306-foot face with a mooring dolphin at the N end; deck height about 9 feet. Maneuverable ships up to 800 feet have docked here. The Truman Annex telephone number is 305-294-4000.Outer Navy ...
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Tank Island (Sunset Key) (Florida)

The United States Navy constructed Tank Island to serve as a fuel tank depot during the Cold War. Dredging began in 1965 to form the island as well as to build passageways for submarines and other large vessels. However, the Navy's plans changed and the island saw little military ...
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Local Area

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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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Key West (Florida)

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Area from Key West to Dry Tortugas (Florida)

Florida Reefs
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