Philip Gerard

in Down the Wild Cape Fear

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9781469602073
Published online July 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781469608136

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This chapter shows that the route to the actual Cape Fear on Bald Head Island is circuitous and expensive. The cape, of course, is a shifty piece of real estate. In this part of the world, sand migrates south and west, as a rule, according to currents and tides, but storms tend to plough through these low islands, moving thousands of tons of sand in hours. The relentless undertow of large wave trains sucks sand off beaches and furrows it into shoals offshore. Dredging the long fairway into the ship channel undoubtedly contributes something—nobody can agree on exactly what—to the whole restless equation. The cape can be thus thought of as an indeterminate place, partly submerged, where land turns into treacherous water.

Keywords: Cape Fear; Bald Head Island; low islands; large wave trains; ship channel; indeterminate place; treacherous water

Chapter.  3266 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Impact of Environmental Issues (Social Science)

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