Aragonite worth billions is being mined in the Bahamas

Aragonite worth billions is being mined in the Bahamas

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Sand barges in the Carribean waters, Grenadines. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Across the inky-blue Gulf Stream from Florida, near the sheer edge of the Great Bahama Bank, a new island is emerging from the sea. Although it bears the appealing name Ocean Cay, this new island is not…

Of all the 3,000 islands and islets and cays in the Bahamas, Ocean Cay is the least lovely. It is a flat, roughly rectangular island which, when completed, will be 200 acres and will resemble a barren swatch of the Sahara. Ocean Cay does not need allure. It is being dredged up from the seabed by the Dillingham Corporation of Hawaii for an explicit purpose that will surely repel more tourists than it will attract. In simplest terms, Ocean Cay is a big sandpile on which the Dillingham Corporation will pile more sand that it will subsequently sell on the U.S. mainland.

The sand that Dillingham is dredging is a specific form of calcium carbonate called aragonite, which is used primarily in the manufacture of cement and as a soil neutralizer…

Read Full Article, Caribbean Webcrat International (05-10-2014)

No downside to Bahamas developing sand exports; The Nassau Guardian (08-30-2013)

Global Sand Mining: Learn More, Coastal Care

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