The view from above the three Benicia Bridges spanning the Carquinez Strait - facing east into Suisun Bay. This is the iconic 'Mothball Fleet' of old and surplus ships that are mostly destined for scrap. A new facility has just opened in the nearby town of Vallejo that holds the contracts for dismantling 50 of these vessels. Heretofore - these ships would have to be towed overseas to India or Pakistan - or through the Panama Canal to facilities on the East Coast of the U.S.
The geography of the waterways through central California is fascinating. It begins with the two major rivers form the Central Valley of California; the Sacramento to the north - and The San Joaquin to the south. About 8 miles (13 km) east of here they both empty into this body of water, Suisun Bay.
At the point where I made this capture, Suisun Bay then narrows into the 5 mile (8 km) long Carquinez Strait which turns and flows west before flowing into San Pablo Bay. Twenty miles south, that bay then opens into San Francisco Bay - just above the Golden Gate - where the waters of the interior valleys can finally join the open ocean.
This 'larger view' contains a 'view map' link where you can zoom-out and explore this area should you wish:
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