The Straits of Florida
Straits of Florida, Florida
Straits, or Florida Strait is a strait located south-southeast of the North American
mainland, generally accepted to be between
the Gulf of
Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, and between the Florida Keys and Cuba.
The Florida straits, the L-shaped channel between southeastern
Florida and the Bahamas, and the Florida Keys and Cuba
strait carries the Florida Current
the beginning of the Gulf Stream
the Gulf of Mexico.
Florida Straits from Space
Rights to oil and natural gas in the Florida Straits were divided
between the United States and Cuba by a 1977 treaty
. Some allege that Cuba is actively leasing
tracts in its sector for exploration while the United States is not
due to environmental and tourist concerns. They also allege that
geological studies project substantial reserves. However, these
allegations are unsupported and doubtful because most of the Strait
is off the continental shelves of both the U.S. and Cuba; and the
geology of the two sides of the strait are dissimilar.