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How Bermuda Came to Be

Have you ever wondered how Bermuda came to be? This tiny little island lies out in the middle of the Atlantic with nothing anywhere around it. Most islands around the world are part of a larger chain. Just think about Hawaii, the Bahamas, the Florida Keys and on and on.

So what makes Bermuda different? It actually isn't that different. The islands around the world are almost all the result of some kind of tectonic activity (the ever shifting pieces that comprise the outer most layer of the earth's crust). The islands in the Caribbean were formed as a result of a tectonic shoving match between the Caribbean and North American plates, which ultimately let to the arched chain of nations. Bermuda's origins were less shoving match and more TKOs (total knock outs). About 100 million years ago, give or take a week or two, the floor of the mid-Atlantic ocean shifted and triggered a volcanic eruption, which formed the beginnings of Bermuda. 30 million years later, the same volcano made its second and final performance and created the island of Bermuda.

This long extinct volcano has two caldera, or mouths, that can be found below the water's surface the Great Sound and Harrington Sound. Note the areas in white, these highlight the two calderas on Bermuda. We hope this gives you a brand new perspective on Bermuda's exciting origins.

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