Roanoke Sound

NC estuaries

Why is it so important

  • control erosion and reduce flooding of the mainland
  • Helps with the economy and food supply

Location

separates Roanoke Island from Bodie Island of the Outer Banks

The plants and animals

Threats

  • harmed by changes to the land bordering and surrounding the estuaries
  • Global warming is causing sea levels to rise. Rising sea levels threaten the swamp forests, which can withstand only temporary flooding.
  • Wetlands were drained for logging and farming before the current restrictions on wetland development were enacted.

Other plants and animals