Croatan Sound

Estuary

Located in the Outer Banks in NC, Croatan Sound is an estuary that also acts as a channel between Albemarle and Pamlico sounds.
Estuaries link the ocean and rivers, providing a nutrient and sediment-rich home for many types of animals and plants.
Ducks, geese, cormorants, pelicans, ibises, egrets, and herons make their home in the Croatan Sound. It's actually home to many birds because it sits in the Atlantic Flyway area. Estuaries also provide means of travel for humans via boat.
Like other locations along the coast of NC, the Croatan Sound is subjected to the rising sea levels caused by global warming.
The Roanoke Inlet, Albemarle Sound, Pamlico Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean feed into Croatan Sound.
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