Mouchoir Bank

Coordinates: 20°57′00″N 70°42′00″W / 20.95000°N 70.70000°W / 20.95000; -70.70000
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Mouchoir Bank
Native name:
Banco de Pañuelo Blanco
Submerged bank
Mouchoir Bank is located in Caribbean
Mouchoir Bank
Mouchoir Bank
Location with the Caribbean
Coordinates20°57′00″N 70°42′00″W / 20.95000°N 70.70000°W / 20.95000; -70.70000
Area960 km2 (370 sq mi)
Additional information
Time zone
Mouchoir Bank in the lower right of an 1873 map of the Bahamas (unnamed, between Is. Turks and Bank of Argent = Silver Bank)
1773 map by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin showing leMouchoir Carré, tres peu connu = very little known as if with islands, which in reality do not exist

Mouchoir Bank, in Spanish also called Banco de Pañuelo Blanco, is a submerged bank that is part of the Turks and Caicos Islands and falls within its exclusive economic zone.

The bank, located southeast of the Turks islands, is the geographic continuation of the carbonate island archipelago comprising the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, the Silver Bank, and the Navidad Bank.[1]


Much of the north side of the bank is awash in two groupings of coral reef. A 1.8 m deep rock lies between the two groupings. There are numerous shallow patches on the bank which break. North East Breaker is a dangerous rock in the northeast.

The bank covers an area of 960 km2.[2] Mouchoir Passage, which separates Mouchoir Bank from the Turks Islands further northwest, is about 26 kilometres (16 mi) wide and very deep. Silver Bank Passage separates Mouchoir Bank from Silver Bank further southeast; the latter belongs to the Dominican Republic's EEZ.

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  1. ^ Carew, James; Mylroie, John (1997). Vacher, H.L.; Quinn, T. (eds.). Geology of Bahamas, in Geology and Hydrology of Carbonate Islands, Developments in Sedimentology 54. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science B.V. pp. 91-139. ISBN 9780444516442.
  2. ^ Michael L. Frankel, The Voyage of SABRA: An Ecological Cruise Through the Caribbean

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