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Geography Of New York–new Jersey Harbor Estuary
The New York– New Jersey
New Jersey
Harbor Estuary, also known as the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, is in the Mid-Atlantic states
Mid-Atlantic states
of New Jersey and New York on the East Coast
Coast
of the United States. The system of waterways of the Port of New York and New Jersey
New Jersey
forms one of the most intricate natural harbors in the world.[1][2] The harbor opens onto the New York Bight in the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
to the southeast and Long Island
Island
Sound to the northeast. Although the overall form of the estuary remains unchanged from the time of Giovanni da Verrazzano's visit in 1524, no part of it remains unaffected by human activity, and some parts, such as Hell Gate
Hell Gate
and Ellis Island, have been almost completely altered
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USACE
The United States
United States
Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)[5] is a U.S. federal agency under the Department of Defense and a major Army command made up of some 37,000 civilian and military personnel,[1] making it one of the world's largest public engineering, design, and construction management agencies. Although generally associated with dams, canals and flood protection in the United States, USACE is involved in a wide range of public works throughout the world. The Corps of Engineers provides outdoor recreation opportunities to the public, and provides 24% of U.S. hydropower capacity. The corps' mission is to "Deliver vital public and military engineering services; partnering in peace and war to strengthen our Nation's security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters."[6] Their most visible missions include:Planning, designing, building, and operating locks and dams
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Queens
Queens
Queens
is the easternmost and largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City. It is geographically adjacent to the borough of Brooklyn
Brooklyn
at the southwestern end of Long Island, and to Nassau County farther east on Long Island; in addition, Queens
Queens
shares water borders with the boroughs of Manhattan
Manhattan
and the Bronx. Coterminous with Queens County since 1899, the borough of Queens
Queens
is the second-largest in population (after Brooklyn), with a census-estimated 2,358,582 residents in 2017,[1] approximately 48% of them foreign-born.[2] Queens
Queens
County also is the second-most populous county in the U.S. state of New York, behind the neighboring borough of Brooklyn, which is coterminous with Kings County
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Lower New York Bay
Lower New York Bay is a section of New York Bay south of the Narrows, the relatively narrow strait between the shores of Staten Island
Staten Island
and Brooklyn. The southern end of the bay opens directly to the Atlantic Ocean between two spits of land, Sandy Hook, New Jersey, and Rockaway, Queens, on Long Island. The southern portion between Staten Island
Staten Island
and New Jersey, at the mouth of the Raritan River, is named Raritan Bay. The Hudson Canyon, the ancient riverbed of the Hudson River
Hudson River
which existed during the last ice age when the ocean levels were lower, extends southeast from Lower New York Bay for hundreds of miles into the Atlantic Ocean
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Newark Bay
Newark Bay
Bay
is a tidal bay at the confluence of the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers in northeastern New Jersey. It is home to the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, the largest container shipping facility in Port of New York and New Jersey, the third largest and one of the busiest in the United States
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Hudson River
The Hudson River
Hudson River
is a 315-mile (507 km) river that flows from north to south primarily through eastern New York in the United States. The river originates in the Adirondack Mountains
Adirondack Mountains
of Upstate New York, flows through the Hudson Valley, and eventually drains into the Atlantic Ocean, between New York City
New York City
and Jersey City. The river serves as a political boundary between the states of New Jersey
New Jersey
and New York, and further north between New York counties. The lower half of the river is a tidal estuary, deeper than the body of water into which it flows, occupying the Hudson Fjord, an inlet which formed during the most recent period of North American glaciation, estimated at 26,000 to 13,300 years ago
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East River
The East River
River
is a salt water tidal estuary in New York City. The waterway, which is actually not a river despite its name, connects Upper New York Bay
Upper New York Bay
on its south end to Long Island Sound
Long Island Sound
on its north end. It separates the borough of Queens
Queens
on Long Island
Long Island
from the Bronx on the North American mainland, and also divides Manhattan
Manhattan
from Queens and Brooklyn, which is also on Long Island.[1] Because of its connection to Long Island
Long Island
Sound, it was once also known as the Sound River.[2] The tidal strait changes its direction of flow frequently, and is subject to strong fluctuations in its current, which are accentuated by its narrowness and variety of depths
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Raritan Bay
Primary:Raritan River Shrewsbury River Navesink RiverSecondary:Hudson River through lower New York Bay Passaic and Hackensack Rivers via Newark Bay
Bay
and the Arthur KillOcean/sea sources Atlantic OceanBasin countries United StatesManaging agency Gateway National Recreation Area
Gateway National Recreation Area
and National Park Service U.S. Department of Defense New Jersey
New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection New York State Department of Environmental Conservation New York City Monmouth County Park System New York City
New York City
Department of Environmental Protection and New York City Parks DepartmentMax. length 9 miles (14 km)[1]Max. width 12 miles (19 km)[1]Surface area 69,188 acres (27,999 ha)[1]Average depth 11–30 feet (3.4–9.1 m)[1]Max
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Jamaica Bay
Jamaica Bay
Jamaica Bay
is located on the southern side of Long Island, in the U.S. state
U.S. state
of New York, near the island's western end. The bay connects with Lower New York Bay
Lower New York Bay
to the west through Rockaway Inlet and is the westernmost of the coastal lagoons on the south shore of Long Island. Politically, it is divided between the boroughs of Brooklyn
Brooklyn
and Queens
Queens
in New York City, with a small part touching Nassau County. The bay contains numerous marshy islands. It was known as Grassy Bay as late as the 1940s
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Ambrose Channel
Ambrose Channel is the only shipping channel in and out of the Port of New York and New Jersey. The channel is considered to be part of Lower New York Bay and is located several miles off the coasts of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, and Breezy Point, New York. Ambrose Channel terminates at Ambrose Anchorage, just south of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, the gateway to New York Harbor, where it becomes known as the Anchorage Channel.[1] The entrance to the channel was marked by Ambrose Light which doubled as a staging area for pilot boats, most notably the Sandy Hook Pilots. Prior to the construction of the light tower in 1967 the channel was marked by the Ambrose Lightship, one of a class of lightships operated and maintained by the United States Coast Guard for the express purpose of marking main shipping channels for major ports
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Manhattan
Coordinates: 40°47′25″N 73°57′35″W / 40.79028°N 73.95972°W / 40.79028; -73.95972Manhattan New York CountyBorough of New York City County of New York StateView from Midtown Manhattan facing south toward Lower ManhattanFlagEtymology: Lenape: Manna-hata (island of many hills)Nickname(s): The City[1]Location of Manhattan, shown in red, in New York CityCoordinates: 40°43′42″N 73°59′39″W / 40.72833°N 73.99417°W / 40.72833; -73.99417Country  United StatesState  New YorkCounty New York (Coterminous)City  New YorkSettled 1624Government • Type Borough (New York City) • Borough President Gale Brewer
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Brooklyn
Coordinates: 40°41′34″N 73°59′25″W / 40.69278°N 73.99028°W / 40.69278; -73.99028Brooklyn Kings CountyBorough of New York City County of New York StateClockwise from top left: Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Bridge, Brooklyn
Brooklyn
brownstones,
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Staten Island
Staten Island
Staten Island
/ˌstætən ˈaɪlənd/ is the southernmost of the five boroughs of New York City
New York City
in the U.S. state
U.S. state
of New York. Located in the southwest portion of the city, Staten Island
Staten Island
is the southernmost part of both the city and state of New York, with Conference House Park located at the southern tip of the island.[2] The borough is separated from New Jersey
New Jersey
by the Arthur Kill
Arthur Kill
and the Kill Van Kull, and from the rest of New York by New York Bay. With a 2017 Census-estimated population of 479,458[1] Staten Island
Staten Island
is the least populated of the boroughs but is the third-largest in land area at 58.5 sq mi (152 km2)
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The Bronx
The Bronx
The Bronx
(/brɒŋks/) is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City within the U.S. state
U.S. state
of New York. It is south of Westchester County; north and east of Manhattan, across the Harlem River; and north of Queens, across the East River. Since 1914, the borough has had the same boundaries as Bronx County, the third-most densely populated county in the United States.[2] The Bronx
The Bronx
has a land area of 42 square miles (109 km2) and a population of 1,471,160 in 2017.[1] Of the five boroughs, it has the fourth-largest area, fourth-highest population, and third-highest population density.[2] It is the only borough predominantly on the U.S. mainland. The Bronx
The Bronx
is divided by the Bronx River
Bronx River
into a hillier section in the west, and a flatter eastern section
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Port Authority Of New York And New Jersey
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
New Jersey
(PANYNJ) is a joint venture between the U.S. states of New York and New Jersey, established in 1921 through an interstate compact authorized by the United States
United States
Congress. The Port Authority oversees much of the regional transportation infrastructure, including bridges, tunnels, airports, and seaports, within the geographical jurisdiction of the Port of New York and New Jersey
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Bayonne, New Jersey
Bayonne /beɪˈjoʊn/ bay-OWN[20] is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. Located in the Gateway Region, Bayonne is situated on a peninsula located between Newark Bay
Newark Bay
to the west, the Kill Van Kull
Kill Van Kull
to the south, and New York Bay to the east. As of the 2010 United States
United States
Census, the city's population was 63,024,[9][10][11] reflecting an increase of 1,182 (+1.9%) from the 61,842 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 398 (+0.6%) from the 61,444 counted in the 1990 Census.[21] Bayonne was originally formed as a township on April 1, 1861, from portions of Bergen Township
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