Thoms Cove

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Thoms Cove
Location Hawkins Point, Baltimore
Coordinates 39°12′43″N76°32′49″W / 39.212°N 76.547°W / 39.212; -76.547 [1] [2] Coordinates: 39°12′43″N76°32′49″W / 39.212°N 76.547°W / 39.212; -76.547 [3] [4]
River sources Patapsco River
Max. width 3,000 feet (910 m)
Average depth 80 feet (24 m)
Salinity Brackish
Shore length1 6,000 feet (1,800 m)
Frozen Seasonal
Islands 0
Settlements Baltimore
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Thoms Cove, [5] the nickname for Thomas Cove, [6] is a natural cove approximately 1,500 feet (0.28 mi) in diameter in Hawkins Point, Baltimore on the northeastern end of the peninsula with the tidal Patapsco River to the northeast, Curtis Bay to the northwest, Hawkins Point [6] [7] to the west and I-695 to the south.

Cove A small sheltered bay or coastal inlet

A cove is a small type of bay or coastal inlet. Coves usually have narrow, restricted entrances, are often circular or oval, and are often situated within a larger bay. Small, narrow, sheltered bays, inlets, creeks, or recesses in a coast are often considered coves.

Hawkins Point, Baltimore neighborhood statistical area in Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Hawkins Point is a neighborhood in the South District of Baltimore, located at the southern tip of the city between Curtis Bay (north) and the Anne Arundel County line (south) and Thoms Cove (east). Although its land area covers 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), the population of Hawkins Point was estimated at just 10 people in 2009. The neighborhood is predominantly industrial.

Curtis Bay, Baltimore Neighborhood of Baltimore in Maryland, United States

Curtis Bay is a residential / commercial / industrial neighborhood in the southern portion of the City of Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

Thoms Cove is bordered by Eastalco Aluminum Company's loading and storage facility [8] and a Superfund landfill. [6] It is in the USGS quadrangle "Curtis Bay" and a Maryland grid coordinate of 500800N and 928000E [5] and is largely administered by the Maryland Port Administration.

Superfund United States federal law designed to clean up sites contaminated with hazardous substances

Superfund is a United States federal government program designed to fund the cleanup of sites contaminated with hazardous substances and pollutants. Sites managed under this program are referred to as "Superfund" sites. It was established as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). It authorizes federal natural resource agencies, primarily the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), states and Native American tribes to recover natural resource damages caused by hazardous substances, though most states have and most often use their own versions of CERCLA. CERCLA created the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The EPA may identify parties responsible for hazardous substances releases to the environment (polluters) and either compel them to clean up the sites, or it may undertake the cleanup on its own using the Superfund and costs recovered from polluters by referring to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Quadrangle (geography) large area in geology or geography

In geology or geography, the word "quadrangle" usually refers to a United States Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5-minute quadrangle map, which are usually named after a local physiographic feature. The shorthand "quad" is also used, especially with the name of the map; for example, "the Ranger Creek, Texas quad map". These maps are one-quarter of the older 15-minute series. On a quadrangle map, the north and south limits of the quadrangle are not straight lines, but are actually curved to match Earth's lines of latitude on the standard projection. The east and west limits are usually not parallel as they match Earth's lines of longitude. In the United States, a 7.5 minute quadrangle map covers an area of 49 to 70 square miles.

Thoms Cove in the distance Francis Scott Key Bridge.jpg
Thoms Cove in the distance

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  2. 369003013 Thoms Cove on OpenStreetMap
  3. "Google Map of Thoms Cove" . Retrieved January 17, 2013.
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