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Hunting Island

Hunting Island State Park is a 5000 acre barrier island/salt marsh complex. The center of the island is dominated by a thick maritime forest. The presence of palmetto trees in this forest indicates a subtropical environment.

Look carefully at the beach photos. Do you think the beach shoreline is eroding or growing seaward? What evidence do you see that supports your assumption?

Notice the palmetto trees on the beach. How did these trees end up on the beach?

What type of wildlife do you think lives on this island? Do you think you would find similar animals on the barrier islands in North Carolina?

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beach erosion beach organics cattail pond

drowning forest forest forest canopy east view

north view south view south view west view


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