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Old 03-06-2012, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Geologically speaking, "Tidewater" Virginia extends north all the way to the Potomac's fall line, which is located just upstream from the Key Bridge between Rosslyn and Georgetown.

Virginia's fall line separates the tidewater and piedmont areas of the state. Downstream (or usually east) of the fall line, rivers become tidal as they flow into the Chesapeake Bay. The fall line is also where the natural upstream navigation of most rivers from the ocean and bay ends. Thus, you find some of the state's cities occupying a site near a river's fall line (e.g., Richmond on the James, Fredericksburg on the Rappahannock, etc).

I understand why Hampton Roads wanted to move away from the "Tidewater" moniker and towards something that identifies the metro more specifically. I also happen to like "Hampton Roads" because it's a unique name that capitalizes on the area's natural roadstead -- it's greatest historical, cultural, and economic asset.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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^ you are right but the potomac river belongs to maryland and dc for the most part.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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^ you are right but the potomac river belongs to maryland and dc for the most part.
Yes, the boundary between Virginia and Maryland (and Virginia and D.C.) is considered the low water mark of the Potomac on the Virginia side.
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