CAYMAN ISLANDS, a group of three low-lying islands in the West Indies.
The crocodile and cayman occur in the swampy littoral of the south.
The Central American Sea communicates with the Atlantic through the channels between the Antilles, none of which is quite 1000 fathoms deep, and it sinks to a depth of 2843 fathoms in the Caribbean Basin, 3428 fathoms in the Cayman Trench and 2080 fathoms in the Gulf of Mexico.
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They consist of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, and are situated between 79° 44' and 80° 26' W.
Grand Cayman, a rock-bound island protected by coral reefs, is 17 m.
Little Cayman and Cayman Brac are both about 70 m.
The floors of the Caribbean, Cayman and Mexican Basins in the Central American Sea are covered with a white calcareous ooze, which is clearly distinguished from the eupelagic pteropod and globigerina oozes by the presence of abundant large mineral particles and the remains of land plants.