The northern Outer Banks

Human Intervention to Keep Oregon Inlet Open

Natural and human impacts on the northern Outer Banks

By Dirk Frankenberg and Blair Tormey

This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” explores the natural features of the northern Outer Banks, including the Nags Head Woods maritime forest, Run Hill Dune and Jockey’s Ridge, Coquina Beach, Oregon Inlet, and the Buxton overwash zone. You’ll see how these features have changed over time and are still changing today. In addition, you’ll see how humans have adapted to this changing environment, by building storm-safe houses, building dunes, keeping inlets open, and — most dramatically — moving Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

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