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Sediments in Apalachicola Bay, Florida, USA

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December 1st, 2011 Category: Sediments

USA - November 21st, 2011

Sediments flow out of Apalachicola Bay, an estuary and lagoon located on Florida’s northwest coast. The lagoon has been designated as a National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Apalachicola River is the largest source of freshwater to the estuary. Combined with the Chattahoochee River, Flint River, and Ochlockonee River they drain a watershed of over 20000 sqmi at a rate of 19599 cubic feet per second.

The Apalachicola Bay system also includes St. Georges Sound, St. Vincent Sound and East Bay, covering an area of about 208 sqmi. Four islands: St. Vincent Island to the west, Cape St. George Island and St. George Island to the south, and Dog Island to the east, separate the system from the Gulf of Mexico. Water exchange occurs through Indian Pass, West Pass, East Pass and the Duer Channel.

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