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Ribbon of Sand: The Amazing Convergence of the Ocean and the Outer Banks (Chapel Hill Books) By John Alexander, James Lazell Cover Image
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Alexander and Lazell's delightful study of North Carolina's Outer Banks contains a wealth of statistics and facts . . . A Ribbon of Sand--written in romantic prose--is more like a novel. . . . Small and lightweight with chapters of less than 20 pages, this is the perfect book to take on a trip to the North Carolina coast. Interesting and informative, you'll look at a grain of sand or a wave with a whole new perspective.--TasteFull

Ribbon of Sand is a rich and beautifully written exploration of the unique natural history and romantic past of the Outer Banks, the fragile barrier islands that stretch for almost two hundred miles down the North Carolina coast. A new preface discusses recent developments on the Banks, including the discovery and excavation of a wreck believed to be Blackbeard's ship and the continuing threat of offshore oil drilling, and throughout the book the authors reveal the controversies, natural wonders, and fascinating legends that make the Outer Banks one of the nation's most beloved treasures.

In Southern Words

"A delight and an education....Fixing their vision on the intersection of natural and human history, the authors offer compelling insights into the past, present, and future of the Outer Banks.--Tom D. Crouch, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

"Leaves the reader with a clear sense of place and an understanding of the forces of wind and water.--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

John Alexander has worked as a journalist and is now president of the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780807848746
ISBN-10: 0807848743
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2000
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Chapel Hill Books