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Explore the Outer Banks: Unique Cultures and Complex Ecology

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Travel to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for an in-depth look at the dynamic culture and volatile ecology of this fast growing coastal area. Begin by exploring the challenging reality of the lives of whalers, watermen and pirates during trips to the Maritime Museum and Repository for Artifacts from Blackbeard's Flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge. Tour Fort Macon to discover its changing historical roles from the Civil War to WWII. Study the history and dynamics of severe weather systems that shape the coast and its people. Journey to area beaches to study the fragile habitat and debate the issue of beach renourishment with policy analysts. Examine first-hand the problems facing our fragile estuarine ecosystem during a trip to Bogue Sound.
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