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Can an iconic lighthouse site be saved from the sea?

On a recent February morning Dawn Farrow Taylor stood near a sand-covered pile of large granite slabs on a wind-whipped Cape Hatteras, N.C. Those stones had once supported one of the world's most famous lighthouses.

To her and many other natives of North Carolina's picturesque Outer Banks, this is sacred ground — which is slowly disappearing.

That's why Taylor, who is descended from lighthouse keepers on both sides of her family, and others want the granite slabs moved before they're claimed by the Atlantic Ocean. The National Park Service moved the lighthouse tower in 1999 before it could tumble into the ocean.

Click here for the full report by National Geographic.