Chesapeake Bay

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Over 35 million years ago, a meteorite struck the earth, creating a crater that, over millions of years, became the Susquehanna River Valley. Fast forward millions of years, add in rising ocean levels, and when the river met the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay was born. First explored by Europeans in the mid-16th century, the Bay takes its name from an Algonquian word, Chesepiooc, referring to a village "at a big river."

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