Sunglint on Bays of USA’s East Coast35.3N 75.8W
Sunglint reflecting off the Atlantic Ocean highlights the contours of bays along the East Coast of the United States of America: Chesapeake Bay, Albemarle Sound and Pamlico Sound (from top to bottom).
The Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System is one of the largest and most important in the United States. Covering approximately 7,530 square kilometers (2,900 square miles), the waters of the system comprise the second largest estuarine system on the East Coast of the United States, exceeded in area by only the Chesapeake Bay.
The Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System is comprised of an extensive complex of creeks, rivers, swamps, marshes, and open water sounds dominating northeastern North Carolina. Tributaries originating in the mountains and piedmont serve as conduits from a major portion of North Carolina and southern Virginia. Albemarle Sound is the
drowned portion of the Roanoke River and its extensive floodplain.
The Coastal Plain of the Albemarle-Pamlico Region is widely recognized as among the USA’s most vulnerable landscapes to relative sea level rise and associated climate phenomena. The indicators “ambient air temperature,” “storm frequency and intensity,” and “relative sea level rise” all offer insights into the influence of climate stressors on the Albemarle-Pamlico ecosystem (click here for more information).