Geologist tell us that, as sea level rises, the Outer Banks islands "leap frog" toward the west. After ocean-side sand is eroded by storm tides it is then carried by the wind across the sand flats and deposited on the sound-side, covering marshland and other vegetation. Eventually, after many years, evidence of this slow migration appears on the ocean beach when remnants of centuries-old sound-side growth is uncovered. The photos below were taken a few days ago. You can see the remains of tree stumps in one picture, and an exposed layer of peat in the other.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a reproduction of a 1960s booklet titled The Great Ocracoke Cat Hunt. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092115.htm.