Surf the Carolina bays!
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Click above to download the Google Earth Carolina Bay file (.kmz file)
The file was previously a dead link but is now fixed!
It was developed from LIDAR elevation imagery exported to Google Earth
(Hard, tedious work courtesy of Mr. David Kimbel, Fayetteville, North Carolina)
Visit the original 1997 Carolina bay essay here
Below are selected links to Carolina bay locations I think are representative, exceptional or interesting. Remember, there may be more than 500,000 Bays scattered from New Jersey to South Alabama, with a highest concentration in North and South Carolina. all oriented in a radial pattern emanating from the Great Lakes. This is a large area and the snapshots here are only an attempt to convey the variety and ubiquity of Carolina bays in certain areas.
Want to see obtain and view LIDAR images like those below yourself?
Free Viewer: Global Mapper
County-by-county LIDAR data courtesy of the NC Department of Transportation
Carolina bays in Hoke and Scotland County, NC (no click)
Click this 300 square mile image of Carolina bays in Robeson County, N.C.
Carolina bays on a hill? Click to investigate
A bay in the North Carolina Piedmont?
Scotland County, NC
William Prouty's map of the range and elevation of bays on the Atlantic Coastal Plain
Sandia Lab movies of models possible formation mechanism for Carolina bays