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Bays and Cities Along USA’s East Coast

40.2N 74.7W

October 25th, 2012 Category: Sediments

USA – October 22nd, 2012

Several important cities and state capitals can be seen as grey areas along the east coast of the United States of America. From upper right to lower left we can observe New York City, Newark, Trenton, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Sediments can be observed in Delaware Bay (between southern New Jersey and Delaware, near the image center), though fewer are visible in Chesapeake Bay (southwest of the former).

East Coast Cities and Appalachian Mountains, USA – March 14th, 2012

39.2N 76.6W

March 14th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

USA - March 11th, 2012

Multiple cities can be observed along the eastern coast of the United States of American in this image, appearing as grey areas (best observed upon opening the full image). From the upper right, moving southwestward near the shoreline, one can see Boston, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; New York City, New York; Trenton, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, D.C.

Visible further east are the Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachian chain is a barrier to east-west travel as it forms a series of alternating ridgelines and valleys oriented in opposition to any road running east-west. These alternating ridgelines and valley appear as alternating lines of brown and green, respectively.

Philadelphia and Delaware Bay in Northeastern USA

39.9N 75.1W

January 18th, 2012 Category: Rivers, Wetlands

USA - January 5th, 2012

The bright white area in the upper part of this orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image is Philadelphia, the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The city is located in the Northeastern United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. It is the fifth-most-populous city in the United States, with a population of 1,526,006 as of the 2010 U.S. Census.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 142.6 square miles (369.3 km2), of which 135.1 square miles (349.9 km2) is land and 7.6 square miles (19.7 km2), or 5.29%, is water. Bodies of water include the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, and Cobbs, Wissahickon, and Pennypack Creeks. The lowest point is sea level, while the highest point is in Chestnut Hill, at approximately 445 feet (136 m) above sea level (near the intersection of Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike).

Visible to the south of the city is Delaware Bay, a major estuary outlet of the Delaware River on the Northeast seaboard of the United States whose fresh water mixes for many miles with the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It has an area of 782 square miles. The bay is bordered by the State of New Jersey and the State of Delaware. The shores of the bay are largely composed of salt marshes and mud flats, which appear white in this image, with only small communities inhabiting the shore of the lower bay.

Massive Blizzard Dumps Snow Over Eastern USA

38.8N 77W

December 22nd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

USA - December 20th, 2009

USA - December 20th, 2009

A massive winter storm that dumped record amounts of snow in the east of the US is now slowly making its way toward the north-east, still shutting airports and closing roads. In Washington DC and New York airports have reopened and roads are being cleared, but authorities report it will be days before things return to normal.

The storm, which began with severe flooding and a tornado in Florida, has covered Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York with a blanket of snow smashing a 70-year-old records. The 33 centimetres of snow that fell in Washington, D.C., by late afternoon was the most ever recorded for a day in December.

The blizzard rocked the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States on Saturday, crippling travel across the region and causing hundreds of thousands of power outages. Five deaths appeared to have been caused by the storm system, which stretched from the Carolinas north to New England and spread into some Midwestern states.

Here, snow can be seen covering parts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Forecasters said the storm system was expected to generate winds up to 55 km/h, which could cause near-whiteout conditions. Authorities in many areas asked drivers to stay off the roads if possible. The storm system, coming from the Gulf of Mexico and spreading out across much of the Atlantic coastline, was forecast to bring a mix of snow and freezing rain to North Carolina, Tennessee and parts of western and central Virginia.

The Cities of New York, Newark and Philadelphia in Northeastern USA

40.7N 74W

November 5th, 2009 Category: Rivers

USA - October 6th, 2009

USA - October 6th, 2009

Several large cities appear as grey areas near the major waterways of the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in northeastern United States of America.

The city of New York can be seen just above the center of the image. The island and borough of Manhattan lies between the Hudson River (left) and the East River (right). West of Manhattan and the Hudson is the city of Newark in the neighboring state of New Jersey.

Further south, the city of Philadelphia is visible on the west banks of the Delaware River, which separates part of New Jersey (east) from Pennsylvania (west).

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