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Chesapeake Bay and Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, USA

39.2N 76.6W

November 13th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

USA - October 12th, 2010

The cities of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC can be observed near the east coast of the United States of America, in the upper right quadrant. Baltimore is located along the Chesapeake Bay, while Washington is further inland to the south.

A series of bays can be seen along the coast. North of the Chesapeake Bay is Delaware Bay, lighter in color. To the south of the Chesapeake are the Albemarle Sound and the Pamlico Sound (below the former), in the state of North Carolina. Greenish sediments and algal growth can be seen in both.

Chesapeake Bay and Albemarle Sound by USA’s East Coast

38.5N 76.3W

October 3rd, 2010 Category: Snapshots

USA - September 14th, 2010

This late summer image focuses on several bays and estuaries on the central eastern coast of the USA. Near the top, between the states of Virginia (west) and Maryland (east), is the Chesapeake Bay. While its upper reaches appear dark blue, sediments give the lower part, closer to the Atlantic Ocean, a greenish tinge.

Further south is Albemarle Sound, a large estuary on the coast of North Carolina that is located at the confluence of a group of rivers, including the Chowan and Roanoke. Its waters are dark, appearing almost black in the full image. South of the Albemarle Sound is the Pamlico Sound, whose waters have a green tinge.

Bodies of Water Along the East Coast of the USA, from New Jersey to South Carolina

35.3N 75.8W

October 27th, 2009 Category: Rivers

USA - September 29th, 2009

USA - September 29th, 2009

Sediments spill from several rivers along the east coast of the United States, from southern New Jersey (top) down to South Carolina (bottom). These are particularly concentrated around the Charleston Harbor in South Carolina (bottom edge), fed by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, by the mouths of the Cape Fear and the New Rivers in North Carolina,  and in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina (center).

Just north of the greenish Pamlico Sound is Albemarle Sound, lined with dark brown sediments. The sound is actually a large estuary on the coast of North Carolina located at the confluence of a group of rivers, including the Chowan and the Roanoke.

To the north of the Albermarle Sound, the Chesapeake Bay appears relatively free of sediments. The Potomac River flows into this bay on the shores of the state of Maryland.

Finally, continuing northward, the shores of the Delaware Bay, a major estuary outlet of the Delaware River separating the states of Delaware and New Jersey, are lined with brown sediments.

Albermarle Sound and the Great Dismal Swamp, USA – June 21st, 2009

34.6N 77W

June 21st, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Albermarle Sound, USA - June 10th, 2009

Albermarle Sound, USA - June 10th, 2009

Albemarle Sound is a large estuary on the coast of North Carolina in the United States located at the confluence of a group of rivers, including the Chowan and Roanoke.

It is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Outer Banks, a long barrier peninsula. Much of the water in the Albemarle Sound is brackish or fresh, as opposed to the saltwater of the ocean, as a result of river water pouring into the sound.

Here, the water of the sound appears dark blue and mostly clear of sediments. The waters of the Chesapeake Bay (partially visible, above) and the Pamlico Sound (partially visible, below), on the other hand, have a green tinge.

Inland, between Albemarle Sound and Chesapeake Bay, is the Great Dismal Swamp, a marshy region on the Coastal Plain of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

The dark blue circular area in its center is Lake Drummond, with a surface area of approximately 3,142 acres (13 km2) and a maximum depth of six feet.