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Core Banks

Core Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore, extends from Portsmouth Village to Cape Lookout. This is a natural, low relief narrow barrier island. This barrier island does not have well developed dunes. What physical processes prevent developed sand dunes from forming on the island?

What causes the areas of overwash on this island?

Both Drum Inlet and Barden's Inlet have natural and human origins. What are the visible differences between these two inlets?

Do you think Drum Inlet has more water going out into the ocean or more water coming into the sound?

Looking at the aerial photographs, we see different colors in the water. Why?

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