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Current News Regarding the Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Quarterly
Maryland Sea Grant's quarterly magazine, which reports on research, extension, education and other Chesapeake Bay issues and activities of interest to the marine community.

Some facts and statistics about the Chesapeake Bay:

  • The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. It lies off the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Virginia and Maryland.

  • The Chesapeake watershed states are: New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC.

  • Total shoreline for the Bay and its tributaries is 11,684 miles.

  • The shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay itself is 5,600 miles long, if straightened out.

  • There are 48 rivers and more than 100 branches and tributaries flowing into the Chesapeake; they're navigable for at least 1,750 miles.

  • The Chesapeake Bay's watershed covers 64,299 miles

  • The word "Chesepiooc" is an Algonquin word meaning "Great Shellfish Bay;"

  • The Bay was created about 36 million years ago by the impact of a space meteor in the Eocene period.

  • The Chesapeake Bay impact crater, the largest structure of its kind in the United States is the sixth-largest impact crater on Earth.

  • The climate of the area surrounding the bay is primarily humid subtropical, with hot, very humid summers and cold to mild winters.

  • Captain John Smith and his shipmates discovered the bay in 1608. John Smith wrote in his diary: "Heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man's habitation ... truly a delightsome land."

  • The Chesapeake Bay is famous for Oysters and Blue Claw Crabs

  • The bay is quite shallow and the average depth is 30'. There's 700,000 acres, where the depth is about 6 feet 7 inches.

  • Because of the earth's rotation, water on the eastern shore of the Bay is saltier than on the western shore.

  • The Chesapeake Bay Bridge crosses the bay from the piedmont region in Maryland to the eastern shore from Sandy Point to Kent Island

  • The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel connects Norfolk, VA to Cape Charles, VA.

  • At its widest point, the Chesapeake is almost 10 feet higher in the middle than on either side because of the curvature of the earth.

  • Baltimore sits at the top of the bay.

  • Since the bay is an estuary, it has fresh water and brackish water due to mixing with the Atlantic Ocean.

  • The Chesapeake is home to America's only working sailboat fleet.

  • The islands; Tangier Island, Virginia, Crisfield and Smith Island, Maryland are situated in the middle of the Bay and are so close to sea level that the dead are buried above ground.

Chesapeake Links:

The Bay Journal
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, pictures

Take a spin through Chesapeake Bay country