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The Outer Banks are a popular vacation destination in the southeastern United States.  Somewhat remote because of limited access, this 130-mile-long stretch of narrow islands sits off the mainland of North Carolina, bordered by the Currituck, Albemarle, and Pamlico Sounds to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.  Surfers, windsurfers, and avid kite enthusiasts converge on the islands for some of the best waves and wind on the East Coast.  However, the unique combination of natural forces at work here also contributes to often-dangerous seas and devastating hurricanes.  The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest in the United States, has surely saved countless ships from destruction along this treacherous stretch of coastline.  Still, thousands of shipwrecks litter the seabed along the Outer Banks, earning it the nickname "Graveyard of the Atlantic."

Outer Banks of North Carolina
Cape Hatteras Beach

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