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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?


Carolina bays outside Myrtle Beach, SC


Bladen Lakes State Forest, NC


A whole mess of bays in southern Hoke County, NC



A nice view of small to medium bays outside Darlington, SC



Lake Waccamaw, NC, widely considered the largest Carolina bay

A classic set of bays outside Myrtle Beach, SC


More northerly oriented bays in outside Valdosta in southern, GA



Red Springs and vicinity, Robeson County, North Carolina


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

Click here for the facinating December 17, 2007 press release

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North Carolina Antique Map Gallery


Its Spring and

that means



John Lawson's Trek Through the Carolinas 

In 1709 



The News & Observer


An Op-Ed I recently wrote



Archibald D. Murphy

And the improvement of North Carolina in 1815


Penguins and Parrots in North Carolina?


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