small, low island consisting mostly of sand or coral
Small island; Low island; Coral reef; Little island
once a year
in English language:
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Moon Cay, Bahamas
cay (also spelled key or quay; all are pronounced alike as "key")
is a small, low island consisting mostly of sand or coral. Cays
often occur in tropical environments, such as the Caribbean, the
Great Barrier Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef.
cays are formed when tidal action, wind and sea birds deposit
coral debris and sand onto reef flats over a long period of time.
These deposits usually occur on the leeward side of the reef, but
occasionally made on the windward side. Weather affects the
formation of cays greatly; large tides would bring much more
debris onto the cay and thus make it larger, while a hurricane
could completely obliterate a cay.
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