Prepared by John P. Jacobson

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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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The paucity of oceanographic data on the continental shelf and in the estuaries south of Cape Hatteras, North carolina hinders attempts to document the oceanographic conditions. In general data are more available and conditions better understood in the estuaries than on the continental shelf.

The estuaries of the Southern Atlantic Bight have not been studied as extensively as the large embayments to the north. Generally the estuaries tend to be partially mixed since runoff and thus river flow is not great in these river systems. Both the distance the tidal effect is felt and the distance up the estuary that salt intrudes is short. A typical estuary length is 20 miles while the tides have an effect on the average of 45 miles upstream.


Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Estuaries Chapter 3. Shelf Oceanography Chapter 4. Shelf Circulation Chapter 5. Gulf Stream Chapter 6. Waves Chapter 7. Tides Chapter 8. Storm Surge Chapter 9. Evaluation of Existing Data and Significant Data Gaps


Atlantic Coast (U.S.), Oceanography -- Atlantic Coast (U.S.), Natural resources -- Atlantic Coast (U.S)

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For the Bureau of Land Management, U. S. Department of Interior

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