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Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds by Coast of North Carolina, USA – January 8th, 2012

35.3N 75.8W

January 8th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

USA - January 4th, 2012

Visible by the coast of North Carolina, USA, are the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. The waters of the former appear greyish green in color, while those of the latter appear brownish. The two are linked by the passages of the Roanoke Sound and Croatan Sound.

Pamlico Sound is the largest lagoon along the U.S. East Coast, being 129 km long and 24 to 48 km (15 to 30 miles) wide. It is a body of water separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Outer Banks, a row of low, sandy barrier islands. The sound and its ocean inlets are noted for wide expanses of shallow water and occasional shoaling, making the area hazardous for larger vessels.

Albemarle Sound is a large estuary located at the confluence of a group of rivers, including the Chowan and Roanoke. It is also separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Outer Banks. 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.

Pamlico and Albermarle Sounds, North Carolina, USA

36.0N 75.9W

February 12th, 2011 Category: Rivers

USA - January 16th, 2011

Pamlico Sound, in North Carolina, is the largest lagoon along the U.S. East Coast. Here its waters contain sediments and algae and are thus greenish in color. The sound is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Outer Banks, a row of low, sandy barrier islands.

Another body of water can be seen just north of Pamlico Sound: Albemarle Sound, a large estuary also on the coast of North Carolina, also separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Outer Banks. Darker in color than its southern neighbor, it is located at the confluence of a group of rivers, including the Chowan and Roanoke.

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.

Chesapeake Bay and Albemarle Sound Estuaries – March 25th, 2009

March 25th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

USA - March 19th, 2009

USA - March 19th, 2009

Two large estuaries can be seen here on the East Coast of the United States of America. To the North is the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the USA; to the South is the Albemarle Sound. Sediments can be seen flowing into the estuaries from their respective tributaries.

The Chesapeake Bay lies off the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Maryland (top) and Virginia (center).  More than 150 rivers and streams drain into it.

The Chesapeake Bay is about 200 miles (300 km) long, from the Susquehanna River in the north to the Atlantic Ocean in the south. At its narrowest point, the Bay is 2.8 miles (4.5 km) wide; at its widest point, just south of the mouth of the Potomac River, it is 30 miles (50 km) wide.

Total shoreline for the Bay and its tributaries is 11,684 miles (18,804 km), and the surface area of the bay and its major tributaries is 4479 sqmi.

Albemarle Sound is a large estuary on the coast of North Carolina (bottom) 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.

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