Charleston Harbor

Charleston Harbor
Map of the Charleston Harbor watershed.

The Charleston Harbor is an inlet (8 sq mi/20.7 km²) of the Atlantic Ocean at Charleston, South Carolina. The inlet is formed by the junction of Ashley and Cooper rivers at 32°49′7.10″N 79°55′40.41″W / 32.818639°N 79.9278917°W / 32.818639; -79.9278917. Morris and Sullivan's Island, shelter the entrance. Charleston Harbor is part of the Intracoastal Waterway.[1]

Like most river mouths in the Southeast, the inlet is evidence of a drowned coastline, created by a rise in sea level in recent geologic time.

The harbor froze over sufficiently to allow ice-skating during the winter of 1784, as a consequence of the volcanic outpouring at Laki in Iceland during the summer of 1783.

See also

Waterways forming and crossings of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway


  1. ^ Charleston Harbor. Columbia University Press at Accessed 2 November 2006.

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