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May: Tides Do Strange Things
Episode 1026th May 2021 • Chesapeake Almanac • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
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Walkerton, Virginia is 58 miles from the Chesapeake Bay, and the Mattaponi River running through it is completely fresh water, making it easy to forget it has any connection to the Bay at all. But it has an interesting claim to fame--it has the highest average daily tide change of any location on the Chesapeake.

How does such a distant, freshwater town have such a strong tide? John Page Williams explains how the interactions of fresh water, salt water, short-period waves, long-period waves, and the uniqueness of the Mattaponi itself converge to create Walkerton's unique place on the tide tables.

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These readings are from John Page Williams, Jr.'s book, Chesapeake Almanac: Following the Bay through the Seasons. The publication is available in print at Content copyright © John Page Williams, Jr. All rights reserved.