The Chesapeake is the largest estuary in the United States. It abounds with life in the water air and the adjoining land. There are people, plants and animals that occupy this environment with uncountable opportunities for images that bring enjoyment and hallmark the future growth of the region.
4 imagesWalking along the shore are the more traditional views of Maryland's fellow residents
13 galleriesThese 42 historic charts define the natural oyster bars in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay in the early 20th century. Referred to as the CC Yates Charts this surveys and resultant set of charts were one of the tools used in developing strategies for the Bay's oyster recovery effort. Interesting to note that no oyster reefs are charted. The lack of this terminology seems to indicate that all the oyster reefs in Maryland had been decimated by the time of this survey. The use of 'Lumps' as terms on these and current charts gives testament that reef structures existed and were harvested out of existence. An oyster reef in Kettle Bottom Shoals on the Potomac River delayed the Royal Navy's advance to Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812 These charts are NOT FOR NAVIGATION.