A myriad of curiously shaped landmasses comprise the islands of the Bahamas. They represent just a brief 120-million-years of earth’s long, magnificent evolution. Few who have ever stood on its shores, escaped that feeling, a sense of awesomeness, at the sights which almost certainly humbles even those who have stared at mountains and valleys.
The Bahamas remains one of the most intriguing geological and geographical mysteries modern science has ever known. Scientists, in one form or the other, have been traveling to its shores since the mid-1800s. All of them, every scientist, right up to present day, have been attempting to uncover, more importantly, value Bahamian natural resources; and publish on its continuously evolving discoveries.
MANY THEORIES ON BAHAMA ISLANDS EVOLUTION BASED ON EARTH’S EVOLUTION
In the 20th century, as more archeological and geological data was obtained, scientists have come to theorise that the Bahamas was once a solid land mass. Like the Earth’s continents which were once one solid land mass which broke apart over hundreds of millions of years, so too did the Bahamas possibly begin its geographical life as one land mass; separating or breaking apart, over several million years.
Imagine all the existing islands, cays and islets of the Bahamas as jigsaw pieces. Imagine them as whole.
1893 – BAHAMIAN CAPTAIN FLOWERS SAILS UNIVERSITY OF IOWA STUDENTS ON EXPLORATION OF BAHAMA ISLANDS AND OCEAN FLOOR
(The Gazette, Friday, 24 February, 1893)
1934 – BAHAMAS WAS ONCE A SOLID LAND MASS PART OF FLORIDA
(The Pittsburgh Press, Saturday, June 9, 1934)
1953 – SPECIES FIND INDICATE BAHAMAS MAY HAVE ONCE BEEN PART OF A VAST MOUNTAIN RANGE
(Baltimore Sunday Sun, Sunday, May 10, 1953)
1956 – HUMBLE OIL COMPANY FUNDS SEA FLOOR MAPPING AND OCEAN SCRAPPING EXPEDITION IN BAHAMAS
(The Bergen Record, Thursday, 9 February, 1956)
1965 – PACIFIC NAVAL LAB SCIENTISTS STUDY BAHAMAS FOR MICROPULSATIONS IN THE EARTH’S CRUST FROM GROUND STATIONS IN ELEUTHERA
(Nanaimo Daily News, Friday, 19 March, 1965)
1970 – PAUSE BUTTON HIT ON UNFETTERED FOREIGN EXPLORATION IN BAHAMIAN WATERS
(Fort Lauderdale News, Sunday, 20 September, 1970)
1985 – BAHAMAS ONCE A GIANT LAND MASS THAT DROWNED AND BROKE APART