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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (467x700)
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. The lighthouse is located on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina near the town of Buxton. The Outer Banks are a group of islands on the North Carolina coast that separate the Atlantic Ocean from the coastal sounds and inlets. Download high resolution version (467x700, 38 KB)Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Taken by me in April, 2003 Henryhartley 16:20, Oct 12, 2004 (UTC) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (467x700, 38 KB)Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Taken by me in April, 2003 Henryhartley 16:20, Oct 12, 2004 (UTC) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Peggys Point lighthouse in Nova Scotia, Canada An aid for navigation and pilotage at sea, a lighthouse is a tower building or framework sending out light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire. ... ... North Carolinas Outer Banks separating the Atlantic Ocean (east) from Albemarle Sound (north) and Pamlico Sound (south). ... State nickname: Tar Heel State Other U.S. States Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Governor Michael Easley (D) Official languages English Area 139,509 km² (28th)  - Land 126,256 km²  - Water 13,227 km² (9. ...


The lighthouse is one of several on the North Carolina Outer Banks that are still operational including the Currituck, Bodie Island, Ocracoke, Cape Lookout, and Oak Island lighthouses. Bodie Island Lighthouse (467x700) Bodie Island Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters (700x467) The current Bodie Island lighthouse is the third that has stood in this vicinity of North Carolina. ... Categories: US geography stubs | Buildings and structures | Lighthouses ...


Due to the erosion of the shore, the Cape Hatteras lighthouse was moved from its original location at the edge of the ocean to safer ground 1600 feet inland. The move was controversial at the time with speculation that the structure would not survive the move, resulting in lawsuits that were later dismissed. Despite some opposition, work progressed and the move was completed between 1999 and 2000 in a massive operation. Look up Erosion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Severe soil erosion in a wheat field near Washington State University, USA. Erosion is the displacement of solids (soil, mud, rock, and so forth) by the agents of wind, water, ice, movement in response to gravity, or living organisms (in the case...


Rededicated in 2000, the lighthouse is fully open to the public at its new location further inland and visitors can even climb the lighthouse stairs for a small fee during spring and summer months.


The light at the top is automated and is visible every 7 seconds. In good visibility conditions, the beacon can often be seen for 20 miles out at sea, although its official range is 24 miles under optimum conditions. Over 1 million bricks were used in the construction of the structure, which was built between 1868 to 1870 at a cost (then) of $167,500.


The Cape Hatteras lighthouse is still considered operational as a navigation aid maintained by the United State Coast Guard and the National Park Service. However, the lighthouse is obviously reduced in need by modern day GPS and other electronic navigational devices. U.S. Coast Guard helicopter A coast guard is an organization devoted to saving the lives of shipwrecked mariners or people in danger at sea. ... Over fifty GPS satellites such as this NAVSTAR have been launched since 1978. ...


The lighthouse beacon was also augmented by the 175 foot tall Diamond Shoals light tower, which is 12 miles off of the Hatteras coast. The light tower was put in place in 1967 and light ships were present before then dating back to 1824, including one lightship sunk by a German submarine in World War I. The light tower has recently been decommissioned by the United States Coast Guard, as maintenance on the structure proved too expensive in light of increasing reliance on GPS. An aerial view of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Cape Hatteras is a cape on the coast of North Carolina. ... USS Los Angeles A submarine is a specialized watercraft that can operate underwater. ... World War I was primarily a European conflict with many facets: immense human sacrifice, stalemate trench warfare, and the use of new, devastating weapons - tanks, aircraft, machineguns, and poison gas. ...


The lighthouse is distinguishable by its black candy cane stripe. Candy cane A candy cane is a hard cane-shaped candy stick. ...


External links

  • National Park Service Hatteras Lighthouse Page
  • NC Public Instruction Lighthouse Page

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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse - definition of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Encyclopedia (428 words)
The lighthouse is one of several on the North Carolina Outer Banks that are still operational including the Currituck, Bodie Island, Ocracoke, Cape Lookout, and Oak Island lighthouses.
Due to the erosion of the shore, the Cape Hatteras lighthouse was moved from its original location 1600 feet at the edge of the ocean to safer ground.
The Cape Hatteras lighthouse is still considered operational as a navigation aid maintained by the United State Coast Guard and the National Park Service.
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