The Chesapeake Bay is an estuary off of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the largest estuary in the United States. The estuary has a large watershed that crosses the boundaries of six different states and the District of Columbia. Download basic and detailed 1-page maps of the Chesapeake Bay and the watershed that drains into it.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry bay Noun
body of water partially surrounded by land, usually with a wide mouth to a larger body of water.
Encyclopedic Entry: bay Chesapeake Bay Noun
large, shallow estuary of the Susquehanna and other rivers that flow through the U.S. states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York and the capital of Washington, D.C., before emptying in the Atlantic Ocean.
mouth of a river where the river's current meets the sea's tide.
Encyclopedic Entry: estuary river Noun
large stream of flowing fresh water.
Encyclopedic Entry: river tributary Noun
stream that feeds, or flows, into a larger stream.
Encyclopedic Entry: tributary watershed Noun
entire river system or an area drained by a river and its tributaries.
Encyclopedic Entry: watershed