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Airphoto mosaic of Old Topsial Inlet after Hurricane Bonnie

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34°19.43'N   77°40.61'W

Old Topsail Inlet is located just off the south end of Topsail Island. The change plot below shows that during Hurricane Bonnie this inlet was filled and overwashed. To the south of the inlet the yellows and reds indicate beach erosion. Directly landward of that erosion, overwash fans (blue) can be seen. Profile comparison 1 and comparison 2 show extensive erosion of beach and dunes with overwash deposits further landward. Overwash deposits were as much as 1.0 meter thick. Profile comparison 3 shows a broad area of sheet overwash filling the channel of Old Topsail Inlet. This profile cuts across beach that was eroded during the storm. The 1997 elevation data also shows the location of the channel before the storm.

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Updated December 05, 2016 @ 11:24 AM (THF) North Section Middle Section Profile 1 Profile 2 Profile 3