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Shoreline of Florida’s Pan-Handle

April 27th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Coast of Gulf of Mexico - April 9th, 2009

Coast of Gulf of Mexico - April 9th, 2009

The coast of Florida’s pan-handle along the Gulf of Mexico is marked by a string of sandy beaches. To the East, green and tan sediments are present in the water, particularly in St. George’s sound, a waterway between the mainland and a long thin island chain in the lower right quadrant.

Further east, the waters appear dark brown due to sediments being discharged from the Ochlockonee River, a fast running river originating in Georgia, and terminating in Florida.

The Ochlockonee originates in southwest Georgia. As it flows through Ochlockonee River State Park, it is tidally influenced and a mixture of fresh, brackish, and salt water on the way to its terminus in Ochlockonee Bay. From there, it then empties into Apalachee Bay.

Further inland, in the center of the image, Lake Seminole can be seen. It is a man-made lake located in the southwest corner of Georgia along its border with Florida. The Chattahoochee and Flint rivers join in the lake, before flowing from the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam, which impounds the lake, as the Apalachicola River.

The lake contains 37500 acres of water. It is home to many species of fish, as well as alligators, snakes and various waterfowl.