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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.

Bays and Sounds Along Coastal Virginia and North Carolina, USA

35.3N 75.8W

May 1st, 2011 Category: Snapshots

USA - April 15th, 2011

Several large bodies of water can be observed in this image of North Carolina (lower two-thirds) and Virginia (upper third), along the east coast of the United States of America.

At the top is part of the Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. It lies off the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Maryland (the southern tip of which is visible at the upper right) and Virginia.

Moving southward down the coast, one comes to the greyish brown Albermarle Sound, in North Carolina. Below it is the greenish Pamlico Sound, the largest lagoon along the U.S. East Coast. Both sounds are separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Outer Banks, a row of low, sandy barrier islands.

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.

Snow in the Northeast and Pamlico Sound in North Carolina, USA

35.3N 75.8W

January 30th, 2011 Category: Lakes

USA - January 15th, 2011

This image focuses on the East Coast of the United States of America. Some snow can be seen to the northeast, in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

States to the south, including Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, are snow free. In North Carolina, the Pamlico Sound can be observed by the coast. It is the largest lagoon along the East Coast of the USA, 129 km (80 miles) long and 24 to 48 km (15 to 30 miles) wide.

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.

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