Cape Hatteras National
Located along the Outer Bank islands of North
Carolina, Cape Hatteras is the point that protrudes the farthest to the
southeast along the Atlantic coastline of the United States.
Two major currents collide just off Cape Hatteras -
the warmer Gulf Stream from the south and the colder Labrador Current from
the north. This creates turbulent water and a lot of shallow sandbars that
extend up to 14 miles off shore.
To speed their journey, many ships sail the turbulent
water close to Cape Hatteras when traveling the eastern seaboard. So many
ships have been met their end near Cape Hatteras that the area has become
known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic".
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Official NPS website of Cape
Hatteras National Seashore