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Encyclopedia > Cape Hatteras
An aerial view of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse prior to its 1999 relocation.
Cape Hatteras from space, October 1989

Cape Hatteras is a cape on the coast of North Carolina. It is the point that protrudes the furthest to the southeast along the northeast-to-southwest line of the Atlantic coast of North America, making it a key point for navigation along the eastern seaboard. So many ships have been lost around it that the area is known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic". The nearby shoals are known as Diamond Shoals. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (626x639, 149 KB)Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA - October 1989 image description here File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (626x639, 149 KB)Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA - October 1989 image description here File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The bay at San Sebastián, Spain A headland is an area of land adjacent to water on three sides. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... “Atlantic” redirects here. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Categories: US geography stubs ... Listen to this article (info) play in browser This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2005-12-10, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... Look up Shoal in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The cape is actually a bend in Hatteras Island, one of the long thin barrier islands that make up the Outer Banks. The first lighthouse at the cape was built in 1803; it was replaced by the current Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in 1870, which at 193 ft is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States. Hatteras Island is an island in the Atlantic Ocean that runs parallel to the coast of North Carolina, forming a bend at Cape Hatteras. ... In geography, a bar is a linear shoaling landform feature within a body of water. ... North Carolinas Outer Banks separating the Atlantic Ocean (east) from Albemarle Sound (north) and Pamlico Sound (south). ... A HDR image of a traditional lighthouse For other uses, see Lighthouse (disambiguation). ... 1803 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (467x700) At 193 feet, 2 inches in height, the Cape Hatteras lighthouse is recognized by the National Park Service as the tallest lighthouse in America. ... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1999, as the receding shoreline had come dangerously close to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the lighthouse was lifted and moved inland over a distance of 2900 feet. Its distance from the seashore is now 1500 feet, about the same as when it was originally built. Most of the 1400 ft of beach lost since the relocation of the lighthouse was due to Hurricane Isabel in 2003. This article is about the year. ... Hurricane Isabel was the ninth named storm, the fifth hurricane, the second major hurricane, and the only Category 5 hurricane of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season. ...


Oceanographically, it is of interest because it is a point of confluence for two opposing currents: the warm Gulf Stream moving north, and a cold Virginian current moving south. Somewhat analogous to Point Conception in Southern California, this on-the-edge placement leads to unusually diverse biological assemblages. Many species' ranges have either a southern or northern terminus at the cape. For the album by Ocean Colour Scene, see North Atlantic Drift (album) The Gulf Stream is orange and yellow in this representation of water temperatures of the Atlantic. ... Point Conception extends into the Pacific Ocean in southwestern Santa Barbara County, California. ... For the urban complex straddling the United States-Mexico border, see Bajalta California. ...


Cape Hatteras is also infamous for being frequently struck by hurricanes that move up the East Coast of the United States. The strike of Hurricane Isabel in 2003 was particularly devastating for the area. Isabel devastated the entire Outer Banks and also split the two small towns of Frisco and Hatteras in half. NC 12, which provides a direct route from Nags Head to Hatteras Island, was broken in half by the hurricane. This nearly demolished the small villages of Cape Hatteras. Students had to use a ferry to get to school for almost a year. Reconstruction of the area began in 2005. This article is about weather phenomena. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... Hurricane Isabel was the ninth named storm, the fifth hurricane, the second major hurricane, and the only Category 5 hurricane of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Frisco, North Carolina is a small community on the barrier islands of Hatteras Island, in between the cities of Avon and Ocracoke. ... Hatteras is a community of approximately 1000 people, on the Outer Banks island of Hatteras. ... NC 12 is a North Carolina state highway that traverses the northeastern shoreline of North Carolina, linking the islands of the Outer Banks. ... It has been suggested that Nags Head be merged into this article or section. ... Hatteras Island is an island in the Atlantic Ocean that runs parallel to the coast of North Carolina, forming a bend at Cape Hatteras. ... The ferryboat Dongan Hills, filled with commuters, about to dock at a New York City pier, circa 1945. ...


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Cape Hatteras - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (409 words)
Cape Hatteras is a cape on the coast of North Carolina.
The first lighthouse at the cape was built in 1803; it was replaced by the current Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in 1870, which at 193 ft is the tallest in the United States.
Cape Hatteras is also infamous for being constantly struck by hurricanes that move up the East Coast of the United States.
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