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

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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.

Cape Fear River Spilling Sediments off North Carolina Coast, USA

October 21st, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

USA - September 29th, 2009

USA - September 29th, 2009

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.