The Nature of the Outer Banks: Environmental Processes, Field Sites, and Development Issues, Corolla to Ocracoke

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North Carolina's Outer Banks, like barrier islands worldwide, are in constant motion, responding to weather, waves, and rising sea level. Beaches erode, sometimes taking homes or sections of highway with them into the surf; sand dunes migrate with the wind; and storms open new inlets and dump sand in channels and sounds. The Nature of the Outer Banks describes these dynamic natural forces, explaining how they affect barrier islands in general and the Banks in particular, and ...

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The Nature of the Outer Banks: Environmental Processes, Field Sites, and Development Issues, Corolla to Ocracoke

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Overview

North Carolina's Outer Banks, like barrier islands worldwide, are in constant motion, responding to weather, waves, and rising sea level. Beaches erode, sometimes taking homes or sections of highway with them into the surf; sand dunes migrate with the wind; and storms open new inlets and dump sand in channels and sounds. The Nature of the Outer Banks describes these dynamic natural forces, explaining how they affect barrier islands in general and the Banks in particular, and guides visitors to sites where they can see these phenomena in action.

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For the traveler looking for places to hike, paddle or drive amid some of the coast's lesser-known scenic sights. In addition to directions, the books equip readers with a lesson in natural history and some trail-guide-type details designed to help them appreciate the nature of nature. (Raleigh News and Observer)

Takes you away from the man-made intrusions . . . to those truly enchanted places . . . where the Outer Banks remain in their natural splendor. (Roy Parker Jr., Fayetteville Observer-Times)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807872345
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/12/2012
  • Series: Southern Gateways Guides
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dirk Frankenberg (1937-2000) was professor of marine sciences and director of the Marine Sciences Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of several North Carolina nature guides.

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