National Geographic : 1947 Sep
Exploring America's Great Sand Barrier Reef 327 Beach Driver's Nightmare-Stuck in the Incoming Tide! Near Nags Head, North Carolina, the photographer's jeep, flying the National Geographic Society's flag, bogged down. Mr. Fletcher went for help; when he returned, waves were lapping the fenders and the driver was perched on the hood. A Coast Guard truck, helped by the jeep's four-wheel drive, pulled it out. Sea-blasted Stumps Bear Witness to an Ever-shifting Front Constant warfare between sea and land along the reef alters the beach, makes and unmakes capes, cuts new inlets and fills old ones. These stumps were part of a forest at False Cape, Virginia, when it was a true cape. Deep taproots withstood the sea's assaults. False Cape is so named because to coastal vessels its topography resembles that of Cape Henry, some 24 miles to the north (page 331).