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

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

by Dirk Frankenberg
     
 

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North Carolina's Outer Banks are in constant motion, responding to weather, waves, and the 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. A classic guide, The Nature of the Outer Banks describes these

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North Carolina's Outer Banks are in constant motion, responding to weather, waves, and the 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. A classic guide, The Nature of the Outer Banks describes these dynamic forces and guides visitors to sites where they can see these phenomena in action.

In the first section of the book, Dirk Frankenberg highlights three major processes on the Outer Banks: the rising sea level, movement of sand by wind and water, and stabilization of sand by plant life. In the second section, he provides a mile-by-mile field guide to the northern Banks, and in the final section, he alerts readers to the dangers of overdevelopment on the Outer Banks. In a new foreword for this edition, Betsy Bennett documents the ever-more-critical situation of these shifting sands.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807872376
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/12/2012
Series:
Southern Gateways Guides
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
6 MB

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From the Publisher
"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 & 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

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.
Betsy Bennett is director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

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