Island Appears and Then Disappears

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Sunday, March 11, 2018

A mysterious island that formed just last year has once again disappeared.

Shelly Island is a sandy island which began forming around April 2017, as a sandbank in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Located off the tip of Cape Point in Buxton, North Carolina, the island was greatly reduced by the passage of Hurricane Maria.

At its greatest extent, the crescent-shaped island measured around one mile long and more than 500 ft wide.

It gets its name from due of the vast quantities of shells that are found on the shore.

The disappearance is being blamed on hurricanes, powerful storms, and strong currents.



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