Currituck Sound

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Location of the Currituck Sound

The Currituck Sound is an estuary located in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Importance of estuaries

Estuaries help control erosion and flooding. They also are home to many species of plants and animals. Estuaries provide protection for many different organisms. Estuaries also help out the fishing industry, providing three quarters of the fish caught commercially.

Plants and animals in Currituck Sound

  • Lizard's tail (Saururus cernuus)
  • Duck Potato (Sagittaria lancifolia)
  • Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)
  • Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus)
  • American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

Rivers that flow into Currituck Sound

  • Northwest River
  • North Landing River
  • Back Bay (through channels of shallow water)

Threats to Estuaries

  • Contamination by ocean and river water
  • Human activity
  • Dredging of channels
  • Global warming