Pamlico Sound

The Largest Estuary in North Carolina


Pamlico Sound is located along the eastern shore of North Carolina, U.S.

It is approximate 80 miles long and 15-20 miles wide.

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The Importance of Estuaries

-They filter water

-Brings in nutrients from the surrounding watershed
-Act as buffer zones( stabilize shorelines and protect coastal areas, inland habitats and human communities from floods and storm surges from hurricanes)

-Also protect streams, river channels and coastal shores from excessive erosion caused by wind, water and ice



-Sea turtles

-Harp seals

-Blue crab

-Fish (red drum, flounders, etc)

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-Neuse River

-Pamilco River

-Tar River

Threat to Pamilco Sound

-Sea rising