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Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Donald W. Linzey
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
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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).
Contribution (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) no. 981.
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