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The Geography of Delaware

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Longitude / Latitude Longitude: 75° 2' W to 75° 47' W
Latitude: 38° 27' N to 39° 50' N
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Length x Width Tiny Delaware, the second smallest state, is only 100 miles long and 30 miles wide.
Geographic Center
Explanation
The geographic center of Delaware is located in Kent County, 11 miles SW of Dover, the state capital.
Longitude: 75° 30.7'W
Latitude: 38° 58.8'N
Borders Delaware is bordered in the north by Pennsylvania and in the south and west by Maryland. To the northeast of Delaware, across the Delaware River and Delaware Bay lies New Jersey. On the east, Delaware is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean.
Total Area Delaware covers 2,489 square miles. If it weren't for Rhode Island, Delaware would be the smallest of the 50 states.
Land Area 1,955 square miles of Delaware are land areas.
Water Area 535 square miles of Delaware are covered by water.
Highest Point The highest point in Delaware is only 450 feet above sea level; in a mobile home park just west of Ebright Road. Ebright Road is in northern Delaware near the Pennsylvania border.
Lowest Point The lowest point in Delaware is at the shore where Delaware meets the Atlantic Ocean; sea level.
Mean Elevation The Mean Elevation of the state of Delaware is 60 feet above sea level.
Major Rivers Delaware River, Mispillion River, Nanticoke River
Major Lakes None

The Land

Courtesy of The U.S. Geological Survey
Delaware shares the Delmarva Peninsula with parts of Maryland and Virginia. Delaware's small size doesn't leave much room for major or varied land forms and most of the state lies on a low, flat coastal plain. In general, Delaware slopes down from a piedmont plateau in the north to a near sea level coastal plain in the east and south. Delaware is situated such that it is part of two major land regions; the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Piedmont.

Atlantic Coastal Plain: The Atlantic Plain runs over 2,200 miles from Cape Cod along the eastern seaboard of the United States and around the Gulf of Mexico to the Mexico border. Except for a small area in the north, most of Delaware's land area is part of the Atlantic Coastal Plain. This land is flat and not very high. It rarely reaches more than 80 feet above sea level. The southern boundary of Delaware is swampland; 30,000 acres of swamp!

Piedmont: The Piedmont stretches from New Jersey south to Alabama. Crossing the northern edge of Delaware, the Piedmont is about 10 miles wide at its widest point within the state. The Piedmont is marked by rolling hills. The highest point in Delaware, located near Ebright Road, is located in the Piedmont region.

 

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Climate (All temperatures Fahrenheit)
Highest Temperature The highest temperature recorded in Delaware is 110°, Fahrenheit. This record high was recorded on July 21, 1930 at Millsboro.
Lowest Temperature The lowest temperature marked in Delaware, -17°, was recorded on January 17, 1893, also at Millsboro.
Average Temperature Monthly average temperatures range from a high of 85.6 degrees to a low of 23.2 degrees.
Climate Average yearly precipitation for Delaware, from 1971 to 2000, is shown on this chart from Oregon State University.
Sources:
The World Almanac of the U.S.A. by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, Copyright © 1998
The United States Geological Survey Website
Maps.com http://www.maps.com
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