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Susquehanna

(səskwĭhăn`ə), river, 444 mi (715 km) long, rising in Otsego Lake, at Cooperstown, N.Y., and zigzagging SE and SW through E central Pa. to Chesapeake Bay near Havre de Grace, Md. The bay is the drowned lower course of the river. The West Branch (c.160 mi/260 km long), which rises in the Allegheny Mts., W Pa., and follows a circuitous course eastward to Sunbury, Pa., is the river's chief tributary. The Susquehanna River traverses an anthracite coal region; the many significant mining and industrial cities on its banks were forced to scale down production as the steel and coal industries declined in the early 1980s. These include Binghamton and Oswego, N.Y., and Pittston, Wilkes-Barre, Harrisburg, and Scranton (on the Lackawanna tributary), Pa. The shallow, swift-flowing river is unsuited for navigation. Several hydroelectric power plants are located on the Susquehanna; the Conowingo plant (Md.) is one of the largest nonfederal power stations in the nation. The Susquehanna and its tributaries have extensive flood control works. However in June, 1972, the river, swollen by the torrential rains of Hurricane Agnes, breached 40-ft (12-m) dikes in places and flooded most of the basin, causing one of the greatest flood disasters in U.S. history.

Susquehanna

 

a river in the eastern part of the United States. It is 990 km long and drains an area of 71,000 sq km. The Susquehanna originates in the Catskill Mountains, crosses the Appalachians and the Piedmont plateau, where it forms rapids, and empties into the Chesapeake Bay. High water is in the spring; the low-water period is from September to November. The Susquehanna freezes in late December and thaws in late March or early April. The mean flow rate at the city of Harris-burg is 963 cu m per sec. The river is navigable in its lower course.

Susquehanna

a river in the eastern US, rising in Otsego Lake and flowing generally south to Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace: the longest river in the eastern US. Length: 714 km (444 miles)
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