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A blackwater river from sea to source

Freshwater marsh and swamp forest; Tidal freshwater section

A blackwater river from sea to source: The White Oak River transect

By Dirk Frankenberg

This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” follows the White Oak River from its mouth at Bogue Inlet to its source thirty miles inland. The White Oak is a blackwater river that flows through wetlands with varying types of vegetation. This field trip provides high-resolution photographs at various points on the river with discussions of how the river changes along its length due to decreasing salinity.

The White Oak River is located in North Carolina’s outer coastal plain province in Carteret, Jones, and Onslow Counties.

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