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Delmarva(dĕlmär`və), peninsula, c.180 mi (290 km) long, separating Chesapeake BayChesapeake Bay,
inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, c.200 mi (320 km) long, from 3 to 30 mi (4.8–48 km) wide, and 3,237 sq mi (8,384 sq km), separating the Delmarva Peninsula from mainland Maryland. and Virginia.
..... Click the link for more information. on the west from Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean on the east; named for the three states (Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) located in part on it. The western coast of the peninsula (largely comprising Maryland's Eastern Shore) is indented and marshy; the eastern (Atlantic) shore is more regular, with sandy beaches and offshore bars. The Chesapeake and Delaware CanalChesapeake and Delaware Canal,
sea-level canal, 19 mi (31 km) long, 250 ft (76 m) wide, and 27 ft (8.2 m) deep, connecting the head of Chesapeake Bay with the Delaware River.
..... Click the link for more information. cuts across Delmarva's narrow neck. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge links Delmarva to W Maryland near Annapolis, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-TunnelChesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel,
officially the Lucius J. Kellam, Jr. Bridge-Tunnel,
17.6 mi (28.2 km) long, across the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, E Va., connecting Cape Charles with Norfolk, Va.
..... Click the link for more information. links Cape Charles, Va., the southern tip of the peninsula, with Norfolk, Va. Poultry raising, truck farming, fishing, and tourism are major Delmarva industries. DoverDover.
1 City (1990 pop. 27,630), state capital, and seat of Kent co., central Del., on the St. Jones River; founded 1683 on orders of William Penn, laid out 1717, inc. as a city 1929.
..... Click the link for more information. , Del., and SalisburySalisbury.
1 City (1990 pop. 20,592), seat of Wicomico co., Md., on the Eastern Shore, at the head of the Wicomico River; settled 1732, inc. 1872. Poultry raising and processing is the major industry. Clothing, machinery, and boats are manufactured.
..... Click the link for more information. , Md., are the chief cities. Assateague Island, a national seashore, is off the east-central coast; to its south is Chincoteague Island, famous for its auction of wild ponies rounded up each summer on Assateague.
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