The Inner Banks
North Carolina's Pamlico Sound and the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge area. Today and with 5 feet SLR at right.

North Carolina's Pamlico Sound and the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge area. Today and with 5 feet SLR at right.

The Outer Banks get most of the spotlight when discussing rising seas along North Carolina's coast. But the inside shores along the Pamlico Sound will change dramatically. It already is, with forests succumbing to salt water.

Map: 1. A dead forest in Alligator River NWR resulting from salt water intrusion.

Map: 1. A dead forest in Alligator River NWR resulting from salt water intrusion.

Map: 2. Farm near Belhaven, North Carolina

Map: 2. Farm near Belhaven, North Carolina