Located in North Carolina
Some Threats to Core Sound
- The complex ecosystem of North Carolina estuaries is harmed by changes to the land bordering and surrounding the estuaries and by contamination of river and ocean water.
- Dredging of channels to allow large boats to pass through or dock damages plants and oyster beds and stirs up sediment that clouds the estuary water, and increases sediment deposition in the estuary creating a situation where more dredging has to occur to remove the accumulation. When sediment is suspended throughout the water, fishes’ gills can become clogged, contaminants previously settled in the soil are taken in by fish, and predators have a hard time seeing their prey.
- Global warming is causing sea levels to rise. Rising sea levels threaten the swamp forests, which can withstand only temporary flooding. Hurricanes also cause high water levels, eroding the shoreline and flooding organisms adapted to freshwater with ocean water. Together, sea level rise and storms cause North Carolina wetlands to erode at a rate of about 800 acres per year.
Core Sound is a very important industry to North Carolina
The Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean feeds the Core sound in Eastern North Carolina
The Ocracoke Inlet feeds the Core sound in Eastern North Carolina
The Bay River feeds the Core sound in Eastern North Carolina