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Satellite images show new island forming off Outer Banks

Posted July 21
Updated September 17

A time-lapse of satellite images shows changes to Hatteras Point on North Carolina's Outer Banks. (Courtesy of Island Free Press)

— Over the course of seven months, a NASA satellite watched as sediment accumulated off the coast of Cape Point at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. A new island emerged from the water and quickly captivated attention.

The first image, captured in November 2016, shows the curve of Cape Point.

By January, waves can be seen breaking over something off the cape's tip. In an image captured in July, the newly named Shelly Island measures about a mile long and it clear visible and clearly distinct from Cape Point.

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  • Stacie Hagwood Jul 21, 4:57 p.m.
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    It's ALIVE!

  • Sheila Rohrbach Jul 21, 3:26 p.m.
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    I was going to ask the same thing

  • Norman Lewis Jul 21, 12:45 p.m.
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    In a related story, real estate developers have already sold several multi-million dollar ocean front lots on the new island. Of course I'm sarcastic but don't think the thought hasn't crossed their minds.