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Located along Texas's southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the Padre Island is noted for its white sandy beaches at the south end. Entrance to South Padre Island.
The US also boasts of having the longest barrier island in the world known as Padre Island. History Of Padre Island Scientists lack a clear explanation of the formation of barrier islands, but geologists believe that Padre Island was formed about 4, years ago as a submerged sand bar and emerged above the Gulf of Mexico about 1, years ago.
Archeologists have discovered several ancient arrowheads and spears on Padre Island which show that the island was inhabited or visited by Native Americans during in its early years.
In the 16th century, the island was visited by Spanish explorers during their global voyages with records showing the earliest Spanish sailors arriving in after their ships were wrecked during a storm.
The island is named for the Spanish missionary priest. Biosphere Of Padre Island Padre Island is an important habitat for many species of animals and plants. About half of all bird species in North America can be seen in Padre Island. Padre Island National Park offers the turtles a sanctuary where their numbers are seeing steady improvements.
Ranching continued as the primary economic activity practiced on the island until the midth century when oil exploration on the island commenced.
Padre Island was also used extensively as a bombing range by the US Navy until such operations were stopped in Padre Island was established as a protected sanctuary in by the government and is currently known as a popular tourist attraction where basking on the beach, surfing and turtle watching are some of the main activities.
The island is also used by conservationists who have set up The Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery where they track movements of turtles and protect nesting areas of the female turtles from natural predators. All barrier islands around the world are experiencing rapid erosion caused by rising sea levels and increased hurricane activity.
The South Padre Island experiences heavy erosion which is visible with the island retreating rapidly towards the mainland. The entire island is expected to face the same fate due to a decrease in the depositing of new sediment, the rise of sea levels and increased storm activity.
This page was last updated on April 25, Padre Island is the largest of the Texas barrier islands and is the world's longest barrier island. It is part of the U.S. state of Texas. The island is located along Texas's southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico and is noted for its white sandy beaches at the south initiativeblog.com: Texas.
Barrier islands  A barrier island is a long, thin, sandy stretch of land, oriented parallel to the mainland coast that protects the coast from the full force of powerful storm waves.
Between the barrier island and the mainland is a calm, protected water body such as a . Padre Island is the second-largest island by area in the contiguous United States, after Long Island in New York on the Atlantic Coast. It is about miles ( km) long  and miles (3 km) wide, stretching from the city of Corpus Christi, in the north, to the resort community of South Padre Island in the south.
Padre Island is the largest undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world. The island itself features an abundance of wildlife and is a crucial habitat for migrating birds and hatchling sea turtles. Padre Island is the longest barrier island in the world and it is located in the United States.
It is located in parts of Cameron, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, and Willacy counties in Texas. The island has been separated into two sections since that are referred to as North Padre Island an.
Padre Island, barrier island, miles ( km) long and up to 3 miles (5 km) wide, lying in the Gulf of Mexico along the southeastern coast of Texas, U.S.
It extends south from Corpus Christi to Port Isabel, just north of the Mexican border, and is separated from the mainland by Laguna Madre (part.