Suisun Bay

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San Pablo bay with Suisun Bay at upper right
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San Pablo bay with Suisun Bay at upper right

Suisun Bay (pronounced "sue-soon") is a shallow tidal estuary located in central California of The United States of America. It lies at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and forms the entrance to the Sacramento Delta, an inverted river delta.

On its western end, Suisun Bay is drained by the Carquinez Strait, which connects to San Pablo Bay, a northern extension of San Francisco Bay.

A picture of the Sacramento Delta, with the Suisun Bay at left
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A picture of the Sacramento Delta, with the Suisun Bay at left

In addition to the major bridges at the Carquenez Strait, it is spanned in its center by the Benicia-Martinez Bridge and at its eastern end by the highway 160 crossing between Antioch and Oakley.

It is especially famous for hosting the anchorage of the Ghost Fleet, a collection of U.S. Navy reserve merchant ships, created in the period following World War II. Many of these ships were removed for sale as scrap metal during the 1990s (being towed to Japan and mostly returned as automobiles), but over 80 ships still remain at anchor in the bay. This location also held at anchor the famous Glomar Explorer after its once secret but now famous attempt to recover a lost, sunken Soviet submarine. The Glomar Explorer has now been activated for other duties fitting its original "cover", which was deep ocean seabead mineral exploration and recovery.

On April 28, 2004, a petroleum pipeline operated by Kinder-Morgan Energy Partners ruptured, spilling an estimated 1,500 barrels (240 m&sup2) of diesel fuel into the bay.

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