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Describing DelMarVa

Posted By Roxy On October 8, 2008 @ 6:02 am In Communities | No Comments

Wikipedia describes the Delmarva Peninsula as a large peninsula on the East Coast of the United States, occupied by portions of three states: Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The peninsula is almost 300 by 100 km or about 180 by 60 miles, and is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay on the west, and the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, and Atlantic Ocean on the east.  The northern isthmus of the peninsula is transected by the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Several bridges cross the canal, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel join the peninsula to mainland Maryland and Virginia, respectively. Another point of access is Lewes, Delaware, reachable by ferry from Cape May, New Jersey.

Dover, Delaware’s capital city, is the peninsula’s largest city (by population), but the main commercial area is Salisbury, Maryland, near its center. Including all offshore islands (the largest of which is Kent Island in Maryland), the total land area south of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal is 14,127.044 km² (5,454.482 sq mi). At the 2000 census the total population residing in this area was 681,030 inhabitants. Its average population density was therefore 48.2 persons/km² (124.86 persons/sq mi).

Roughly south of Wilmington, Delaware, is the fall line, a geographic borderland where the Piedmont region transitions into the coastal plain, a flat, sandy area with very few or no hills.


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