Chesapeake Bay (Island) (DC Comics)



The Chesapeake Bay ( /ˈtʃɛsəpiːk/ chess-ə-peek) is the largest estuary in the United States. It lies off the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Maryland and Virginia. The Chesapeake Bay's drainage basin covers 64,299 square miles (166,534 km2) in the District of Columbia and parts of six states: New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. More than 150 rivers and streams drain into the bay.
The Chesapeake Bay is approximately 200 miles (300 km) 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 (4.5 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 4,479 square miles (11,601 km2). Average depth of the bay is 46 feet (14 m) and the maximum depth is 208 feet (63 m).
The bay is spanned in two places. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge crosses the bay in Maryland from Sandy Point (near Annapolis) to Kent Island; and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia connects Virginia Beach to Cape Charles. The bay is known for its beauty but in recent years it has been noted that the bay is becoming "emptier", with fewer crabs, oysters, and watermen.

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Publisher: DC Comics
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Official Name: Chesapeake Bay
Type: Island
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Location Details

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Galaxy: Milky Way
Star System: Sol
Planet: Earth
State: Maryland
Province: Virginia

Characteristics

Dimensions

Area: 11,684 miles (18,804 km)
Length: 200 miles (300 km) long, from the Susquehanna River to the Atlantic Ocean 
Width
  • (widest point): 30 miles (50 km)
  • (narrowest point): 4 miles (6.4 km)

History

The 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 64,299 square miles (166,534 km²) in the District of Columbia and part of six states: New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. More than 150 rivers and streams drain into the Bay.

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The largest rivers flowing into the bay, from north to south, are:
  • Susquehanna River
  • Patapsco River
  • Chester River
  • Choptank River
  • Patuxent River
  • Potomac River
  • Rappahannock River
  • Nanticoke River
  • York River
  • Back River
  • James River

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