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Chesapeake Bay - USA, Maryland Highlights:
Hampton Roads, major ports, estuaries, marshlands and mudflats
Chesapeake Bay is a very large inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, located in eastern Maryland and eastern Virginia. It is about 200 miles (320 km) long and varies in width between 4 and 40 miles. The mouth, a passage between Cape Charles, Virginia, on the north, and Cape Henry, Virginia, on the south, is about 12 miles wide. The bay is fed by many rivers and streams, including the James, York, Rappahannock, Potomac, Patuxent, and Susquehanna rivers. One of the most complete estuarine systems in the world, the Chesapeake's rich waters are fringed by estuaries, marshlands and mudflats, hiding places for canvasback ducks and Canada geese, and nurseries for oysters and crabs

Access to the Wilmington-Philadelphia port area is provided by the the Delaware River and the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The 17 mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, completed in 1964, crosses over and under the entrance to the bay between Cape Henry and Cape Charles. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, built in the early 1950s, crosses the bay from Sandy Point, Maryland, near Annapolis, eastwards to Kent Island, Maryland. Fully navigable by ocean going ships, the major ports on the Bay are Newport News, Norfolk, and Portsmouth in Virginia and Baltimore in Maryland.

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