Tuesday, June 23, 2009

At the Jetty

where Winyah Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Notice the brown color of the water in Winyah Bay on the right side compared to the Atlantic on the left. Winyah Bay is a coastal estuary that is a confluence of the Waccamaw River, the Pee Dee River, the Black River and the Sampit river. When vegetation decays in these rivers, tannins are leached out, resulting in transparent, acidic water that is darkly stained, resembling tea or coffee.

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