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Book Chapter

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Editors

Donald W. Linzey

Publication Date

1979

Book Title

Proceedings of the Symposium on Endangered and Threatened Plants and Animals of Virginia : held at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, May 19-20, 1978

Publisher

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

City

Blacksburg, Va.

Abstract

Virginia and Maryland are favored with the largest estuary in the United States-the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay is 289 kilometers (173 miles) long and 47.6 kilometers (28.6 miles) wide near Smith Point. The estuary is relatively shallow, with an average depth of 8.05 meters (26.4 feet) and a maximum depth of 53 meters (174 feet) at Blood Point Light in Maryland. The greatest depth in Virginia is near Smith Point: 44 meters (144 feet) (Wolman, 1968). While this deep hole has probably never been sampled for benthos, many rare species have been collected in an area just south of Smith Point (Figure 1).

Publication Statement

Contribution (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) no. 981.

Marine Invertebrates

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