North Carolina-Fulgurites-April 26


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-April 26

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

Five years ago I visited Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park on the western edge of Michigan and was amazed at the sand dunes there. Prior to that trip I thought the dunes on the outer banks of North Carolina were huge. North Carolina has big dunes but they are no match for Michigan.

sleeping bear dunes

Jockey’s Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States. Located in Nags Head, NC it is one of the most significant landmarks on the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

jockey's ridge

With its close proximity to the ocean there are many thunderstorms that strike Jockey’s Ridge. Of course the dunes are made up of sand and lightning strikes cause fulgurites. Fulgurites are hollow tubes that are formed when lightning strikes the sand. There are examples of them in the museum at Jockey’s Ridge.

Example found below

La-Fulgurite-pierre-de-foudre

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