Pamlico Sound

Kendall Spell

Where?

  • The North American east coast
  • The Outer Banks
  • In the largest lagoon along the east coast

Why are estuaries important?

An estuary is the tidal mouth of a large river, where the tide meets the stream. One reason that estuaries are so important is that the water filtering through them brings in nutrients from the surrounding watershed.

Plants and animals in The Pamlico Sound

  • Blue crabs
  • Loggerhead sea turtles
  • Dolphins
  • Great white sharks
  • Harp seals

Rivers in the Pamlico Sound

  • Reuse River
  • Pamlico River
  • Tar River

Threats to the Pamlico Sound

  • Wetlands
  • City sewage treatment plants
  • Development
  • Consumers
  • Agriculture and Forestry

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