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Coordinates: 37°35′03″N 76°10′42″W 37.584153999999998, -76.178374000000005

Chesapeake Bay

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Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. It lies off the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Maryland and Virginia. The Chesapeake Bay's watershed covers 64299sqmi in the District of Columbia and parts of six states: New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.Template:Cite web More than 150 rivers and streams drain into the Bay.The Chesapeake Bay is about 200 miles (300km) long, from the Susquehanna River in the north to the Atlantic Ocean in the south. At its narrowest point between Kent County's Plum Point (near Newtown) and the Harford County shore near Romney Creek, the Bay is 2.8 miles (4.5km) wide; at its widest point, just south of the mouth of the Potomac River, it is 30 miles (50km) wide. Total shoreline for the Bay and its tributaries is 11,684 miles (18,804km), and the surface area of the bay and its major tributaries is 4479sqmi. Depth of the bay is and maximum depth of bay is .The bay is spanned in two places. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge crosses the bay in Maryland from Sandy Point (near Annapolis) to Kent Island; the Virginia Beach to Cape Charles.The word Chesepiooc is an Algonquian word referring to a village "at a big river." It is the seventh oldest surviving English place-name in the U.S., first applied as "Chesepiook" by explorers heading north from the Roanoke Colony into a Chesapeake tributary in 1585 or 1586. In 2005, Algonquian linguist Blair Rudes "helped to dispel one of the area's most widely held beliefs: that 'Chesapeake' means something like 'Great Shellfish Bay.' It doesn't, Rudes said. The name might actually mean something like 'Great Water,' or it might have been just a village at the bay's mouth." In contrast with many similar bodies of water, such as Delaware Bay or San Francisco Bay, the Chesapeake Bay is almost always preceded by the article the in usage.[1]



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