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NW GULF BANKS MAPS

There are numerous named banks found across the continental shelf of the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. Many of these appear to be both biologically and geologically connected to the sanctuary.

This page includes maps of the following banks:

28 Fathom, Alderdice, Bright, Geyer, Horseshoe, MacNeil, McGrail, Rankin, and Sonnier

Additional map pages:

Interactive GIS-based Map

Sanctuary Maps
- East Flower Garden Bank (EFGB)
- West Flower Garden Bank (WFGB)
- Stetson Bank (SB)

Regional Maps
- Watershed
- Gulf of Mexico
- Northwestern Gulf of Mexico


NORTHWESTERN GULF BANKS

Map showing other banks of the northwestern Gulf of Mexico that are recommended for addition to the sanctuary by the Sanctuary Advisory Council
Other banks recommended for addition to the sanctuary by the Sanctuary Advisory Council (505kb jpg)

Maps of individual banks are shown in alphabetical order below.

28 FATHOM BANK/RANKIN BANKS

Bathymetric map of Rankin and 28 Fathom Banksl as Horseshoe Bank.  Map colors represent depth with red being the shallowest and blue being the deepest.
Click on the map to see a larger image.

Color map showing a semicircular depression in the sea floor surrounded by four named banks.
A semicircular depression in the sea floor provides a
geologic link between four Gulf banks.

For more information about 28 Fathom and Rankin Banks, click on this link.

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ALDERDICE BANK

Bathymetric map of Alderdice Bank.  Map colors represent depth with red being the shallowest and blue being the deepest.
Click on the map to see a larger image.

For more information about Alderdice Bank, click on this link.

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BRIGHT BANK

Bathymetric map of Bright Bank.  Map colors represent depth with red being the shallowest and blue being the deepest.
Click on the map to see a larger image.

For more information about Bright Bank, click on this link.

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GEYER BANK

Bathymetric map of Geyer Bank.  Map colors represent depth with red being the shallowest and blue being the deepest.
Click on the map to see a larger image.

For more information about Geyer Bank, click on this link.

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HORSESHOE BANK

Bathymetric map of East and West Flower Garden Banks as well as Horseshoe Bank in between.  Map colors represent depth with red being the shallowest and blue being the deepest.
Click on the map to see a larger image.

For more information about Horseshoe Bank, click on this link.

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MACNEIL BANK

Bathymetric map of MacNeil Bank.  Map colors represent depth with red being the shallowest and blue being the deepest.
Click on the map to see a larger image.

Color map showing a semicircular depression in the sea floor surrounded by four named banks.
A semicircular depression in the sea floor provides a
geologic link between four Gulf banks.

For more information about MacNeil Bank, click on this link.

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MCGRAIL BANK

Bathymetric map of McGrail Bank.  Map colors represent depth with red being the shallowest and blue being the deepest.
Click on the map to see a larger image.

For more information about McGrail Bank, click on this link.

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SONNIER BANK

Bathymetric map of Sonnier Bank.  Map colors represent depth with red being the shallowest and blue being the deepest.
Click on the map to see a larger image.

For more information about Sonnier Bank, click on this link.

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