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The Chesapeake Bay in Autumn
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The Chesapeake Bay in Autumn

November 2, 2008
Autumn colors the foliage around the Chesapeake Bay in this image, captured by the MODIS on the Terra satellite on October 30, 2008. The formerly green leaves have all turned to brown and orange. The Chesapeake Bay runs between the mainland parts of Virginia and Maryland (west) and the Delmarva Peninsula (east). The Delmarva Pensinsula contains parts of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, thus its name.

The Chesapeake Bay is considered the largest estuary - more than 150 rivers and streams empty into it, and the Atlantic Ocean is accessible at its southern end. From the Atlantic to the Susquehanna River, the Bay stretches 200 miles, though at its widest point, it is only 30 miles wide. One of the most famous rivers that empties into the Chesapeake Bay is the Potomac River, which flows along the border of the US capital, Washington, DC.


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