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Bays Along the Coast of South Carolina and Georgia

March 29th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

USA - March 18th, 2009

USA - March 18th, 2009

A section of the USA’s East Coast, from Charleston, South Carolina at the top, to the southern border of Georgia at the bottom, is framed by greenish-yellow sediments from the many rivers discharging into the Atlantic Ocean. Further inland, these rivers appear dark brown from the sediments they carry.

The coastline contains many salt marshes and estuaries, as well as natural ports such as Georgetown and Charleston. An unusual feature of the coastal plain is a large number of Carolina bays, elliptical depressions concentrated along the Atlantic seaboard. The bays tend to be oval, lining up in a northwest to southeast orientation.

The area to the South experiences the most subtropical weather: hot, humid summers with frequent afternoon thunderstorms and mild, somewhat drier winters.

The coastal areas have very mild winters with high temperatures approaching an average of 16 °C (60 °F) and overnight lows around 5-8 °C (in the 40s°F).

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