Mixing Waters and Moving Ships off the North Carolina Coast
April 2, 2003
The estuarine and marine environments of the United States' eastern seaboard provide the setting for a variety of natural and human activities associated with the flow of water. This set of Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer images from October 11, 2000 (Terra orbit 4344) captures the intricate system of barrier islands, wetlands, and estuaries comprising the coastal environments of North Carolina and southern Virginia. On the right-hand side of the images, a thin line of land provides a tenuous separation between the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds and the Atlantic Ocean. The wetland communities of this area are vital to productive fisheries and water quality.
Topics: Environment, Coastal geography, Physical geography, Spacecraft, Pamlico Sound, Estuary, Wetland, Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer, Terra, Fisheries, Water, Geodesy, Geography