The Battle for North Carolina's Coast

Evolutionary History, Present Crisis, and Vision for the Future

By Stanley R. Riggs, Dorothea von der Porten Ames, Stephen J. Culver, David J. Mallinson

160 pp., 6 x 9, 38 color and 3 b&w illus., 31 figs., notes, bibl., index

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8078-3486-2
    Published: September 2011
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7807-1
    Published: September 2011
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6167-4
    Published: May 2020

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The North Carolina barrier islands, a 325-mile-long string of narrow sand islands that forms the coast of North Carolina, are one of the most beloved areas to live and visit in the United States. However, extensive barrier island segments and their associated wetlands are in jeopardy. In The Battle for North Carolina's Coast, four experts on coastal dynamics examine issues that threaten this national treasure.

According to the authors, the North Carolina barrier islands are not permanent. Rather, they are highly mobile piles of sand that are impacted by sea-level rise and major storms and hurricanes. Our present development and management policies for these changing islands are in direct conflict with their natural dynamics. Revealing the urgency of the environmental and economic problems facing coastal North Carolina, this essential book offers a hopeful vision for the coast's future if we are willing to adapt to the barriers' ongoing and natural processes. This will require a radical change in our thinking about development and new approaches to the way we visit and use the coast. Ultimately, we cannot afford to lose these unique and valuable islands of opportunity. This book is an urgent call to protect our coastal resources and preserve our coastal economy.

About the Authors

Stanley R. Riggs is Distinguished Research Professor and Harriot College Distinguished Professor of geology at East Carolina University.
For more information about Stanley R. Riggs, visit the Author Page.

Dorothea V. Ames is a research instructor in geology at East Carolina University.
For more information about Dorothea von der Porten Ames, visit the Author Page.

Stephen J. Culver is Harriot College Distinguished Professor and chair of geology at East Carolina University.
For more information about Stephen J. Culver, visit the Author Page.

David J. Mallinson is associate professor of geology at East Carolina University.
For more information about David J. Mallinson, visit the Author Page.

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