Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations

Cape Fear estuaries · By Steve Keith

A view south along the Intracoastal Waterway

Figure 14. A view south along the Intracoastal Waterway. (Photograph by the author. More about the photograph)

We have reached the sea and the end of the Cape Fear River estuary. Looking south, we can see the curve of the southernmost cusp of the North Carolina coast. The inlet in the distance is the Lockwood Folly River. The Intracoastal Waterway follows the coastline, reaching ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. Note the large canal in the middle foreground of this photo. It is the end of the CP&L canal — well separated, we trust, from the marshes and creeks behind.


estuary n.
The mouth of a river where it meets the sea, and where freshwater from the river mixes with the salty water of the sea. [more]