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Corolla in Currituck County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Welcome to a Wetland

 
 
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By Don Morfe, August 11, 2014
1. Welcome to a Wetland Marker
Inscription.
Where land and water meet.

Once considered worthless, North Carolina’s wetlands are now recognized as priceless resources for their roles in conserving water and providing habitat for wildlife.

What good is a Wetland?

Wetlands are like giant sponges that hold and slowly release water during floods.

Wetlands are filters that remove pollutants from water.

Wetland plants anchor the soil and land in place, preventing erosion.

Wetlands provide valuable food, shelter & breeding sites.

In the U.S. most of our seafood depends on wetlands for all or part of their life cycles.

Mosquito infested wastelands

Not long ago, people thought wetlands were worthless mosquito-infested wastelands. About half of our nation’s and North Carolina’s wetlands were destroyed and lost before we realized their full value and range of services. While we know better today, wetlands are still altered and lost every day.

Bog, Swamp, Fen, Pothole, or Marsh are just different names for wetlands. From Alaska to Louisiana, California to North Carolina, all wetlands have one thing in common: they must be soaked in water for at least some part of the year. This affects which plants and animals can survive and thrive there.

Temporary
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By Don Morfe, August 11, 2014
2. Welcome to a Wetland Marker
wetlands are critical to ensure survival of many species of frogs and salamanders. 95% of North Carolina’s temporary wetlands have been altered is some way…usually for housing development.
 
Erected by N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
 
Location. 36° 22.563′ N, 75° 49.892′ W. Marker is in Corolla, North Carolina, in Currituck County. Marker is on Corolla Village Road 0.1 miles west of Ocean Trail (North Carolina Highway 12), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corolla NC 27927, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Currituck Beach Light Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Boathouse (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boats And Blinds (about 500 feet away); The Caretaker's Residence (about 500 feet away); The Whalehead Club (about 600 feet away); Corolla Schoolhouse (about 800 feet away); A Nation's Defense (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corolla Island Bridges (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corolla.
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironment
 
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By Don Morfe, August 11, 2014
3. Boardwalk to the Wetlands
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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