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Moving west, a mixture of Northeastern coastal forests and Southeastern mixed forests cover the central part of the state.
So prominent is the Chesapeake in Maryland's geography and economic life that there has been periodic agitation to change the state's official nickname to the "Bay State", a nickname that has been used by Massachusetts for decades.Maryland has shale formations containing natural gas, where fracking is theoretically possible.As is typical of states on the East Coast, Maryland's plant life is abundant and healthy.It ranges from sandy dunes dotted with seagrass in the east, to low marshlands teeming with wildlife and large bald cypress near the Chesapeake Bay, to gently rolling hills of oak forests in the Piedmont Region, and pine groves in the Maryland mountains to the west.Maryland is bounded on its north by Pennsylvania, on its west by West Virginia, on its east by Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean, and on its south, across the Potomac River, by West Virginia and Virginia.For example, the Delmarva Peninsula is composed of the Eastern Shore counties of Maryland, the entire state of Delaware, and the two counties that make up the Eastern Shore of Virginia, whereas the westernmost counties of Maryland are considered part of Appalachia.
Much of the Baltimore–Washington corridor lies just south of the Piedmont in the Coastal Plain, There are numerous man-made lakes, the largest of them being the Deep Creek Lake, a reservoir in Garrett County in westernmost Maryland.
This land was ceded to the United States Federal Government in 1790 to form the District of Columbia.
(The Commonwealth of Virginia gave land south of the Potomac, including the town of Alexandria, Virginia, however Virginia retroceded its portion in 1846).
The purebred Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog was bred specifically for water sports, hunting and search and rescue in the Chesapeake area.
and was later adopted by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as their mascot.
The mid-portion of this border is interrupted by Washington, D.