The State of Virginia is situated on the eastern coast of the United States of America. The mean elevation of the state is 950 feet or 290 meters. Virginia is edged by West Virginia to the northwest side, by District of Columbia and Maryland to the east and north, by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, by Tennessee and North Carolina to the south, and by Kentucky to the west. The state of VA covers a total area of 42,774.2 sq miles or 110,784.67 km2, which includes 3,180.13 sq miles (8,236.5 km2) of water, making it the 35th biggest state in terms of area.
Because of a distinctive feature of the original charter of Virginia, its border with Washington, D.C. and Maryland does not stretch beyond the low-tide level of the southern coast of the Potomac River (different from several edges that divide a river in the central portion). The southern boundary is specified as 36°30' parallel north. However, surveyor mistake resulted in variations to the extent of three arcminutes.
Several rivers and lakes flow through the state. Potomac River, James River, Shenandoah River and Rappahannock River are some of the important rivers in Virginia.
John W. Flannagan Reservoir, John H. Kerr Reservoir, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Pound Lake, Gathright Dam (Lake Moomaw), and Philpott Lake are some of the notable lakes and water bodies of the state.
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