Cape Fear River Spilling Sediments off North Carolina Coast, USA
The Cape Fear River is a 202 mile (325 km) long blackwater river in east central North Carolina in the United States. It flows into the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Fear, from which it takes its name. Here, greenish sediments flow from the rivermouth into the Atlantic.
The river has its source at Haywood, by the confluence of the Deep and Haw rivers just below Jordan Lake. It flows southeast, then receives the Black River approximately 10 miles (16 km) northwest of the city of Wilmington, which appears as a greyish-brown area north of the rivermouth.
At Wilmington, it receives the Northeast Cape Fear River and turns south, widening as an estuary and entering the Atlantic approximately 3 miles (5 km) west of Cape Fear.
Another body of water visible west of the estuary is Lake Waccamaw, an oval-shaped freshwater lake measuring roughly 5 miles by 7 miles with an average depth of 7.5 feet.