The Roanoke Sound!

A Great Estuary!

Where is it?

The Roanoke Sound separates the central Outer Banks from Roanoke Island, and offers a wide watery playground to explore for Nags Head and Manteo visitors.Known for its exceptional saltwater fishing, its miles of safe terrain for jet skies, parasailers and kite boarders, and its completely fantastic views that span across islands.

Importance of estuaries!

Estuaries provide critical habitat for species that are valued commercially, recreationally, and culturally. Birds, fish, amphibians, insects, and other wildlife depend on estuaries to live, feed, nest, and reproduce. Some organisms, like oysters, make estuaries their permanent home; others, like horseshoe crabs, use them to complete only part of their life cycle.

Threats to NC Estuaries!

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. Although the North Carolina estuaries contain 3,000 square miles of surface water, 30,000 square miles of land drains into the Albemarle-Pamlico system. As land is developed for human habitation and use, roads, bridges, culverts, sewage systems, pipelines, and dams change the flow of water through the ecosystem. Whereas wetlands soak up water like a sponge and settle contaminants in the ground, asphalt and concrete deflect water so that it runs off with all its contaminants directly into the rivers, estuaries, and the sea.

Flora and Fauna!

Roanoke estuary is the home to many plants and animals such as blue crab, giant cord grass, cattails, black bears, and alligators.
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