Long Island Sunset

September 04, 2006

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Referred by: Jeannine Ryan-McGorisk
Summary authors & editors: Eric Cohen

Long Island, New York is home to over 7 million people. At 118 miles (190 km) in length with an area of over 1,370 square miles (3,560 km2) it is the largest island in the continental United States. It's a part of the Atlantic Coastal Plain landscape, which has been glacially shaped. Large areas of pine barrens and coastal plains ponds are found on the island, and it's bounded by a recessional moraine on the north shore and what may be a terminal moraine (though the jury is still out on this) as its backbone.

Long Island is also home to some of the most famous ocean beaches in the country. The above image was taken looking west from the Main Beach Pavilion in East Hampton. Main Beach is consistently ranked in the Top Ten of American beaches. East Hampton is the easternmost village on the south shore of Long Island. It was founded in 1648 by the farmers that populated the area at the time. Farming was the primary industry in the area at that time since the glacial outwash that makes up the south shore provided a nice dry soil for growing a variety of crops. Photo was taken shortly after the autumnal equinox.

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