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St. Michaels in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Miles River

 
 
The Miles River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, November 4, 2011
1. The Miles River Marker
Inscription.  In front of you, the Miles River is carrying freshwater down to the Chesapeake Bay. Twice a day, saltwater tides from the Atlantic Ocean push back the fresh water flow of the Miles River and some 150 other rivers, creeks, and streams. This mixing of waters creates an estuary---one of the most productive environments on earth.

The Chesapeake Bay is the nation’s largest and historically most productive estuary. The Bay’s nutrient-rich waters provide many different types of habitat that support diverse communities of plants and animals.

But with an average depth of only 21 feet spread over its 200 mile length, the Bay is especially vulnerable to pollution. With 11,000 miles of shoreline, the Bay is the gathering place for millions of tons of dirt and pollutants running off the land each year.

Why is the water brown? Every rainstorm brings more sediment washing into the river. Blooms of algae are caused by the over-rich nutrient load carried by the runoff.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 38° 

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47.226′ N, 76° 13.158′ W. Marker is in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is on Mill Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Michaels MD 21663, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rebuilding Rosie Parks (within shouting distance of this marker); Too Much of a Good Thing (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware (within shouting distance of this marker); How the Screwpile Lighthouse Got Its Name (within shouting distance of this marker); Hooper Strait Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Last Bell Foundry (within shouting distance of this marker); Iconic Chesapeake Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Heard Through the Fog (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Michaels.
 
More about this marker. This marker is on the grounds of the Chesapeake Maritime Museum.
 
The Miles River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, November 4, 2011
2. The Miles River Marker
The Miles River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, November 4, 2011
3. The Miles River Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 637 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 1, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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