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LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

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Zeke's Island and the wall

Figure 11. Zeke's Island and the wall. (Photograph by the author. More about the photograph)

Stretching across the middle of this photos is a cement wall, connecting the southern tip of Pleasure Island to Zeke’s Island (center) and then to Smith Island, to the right. This wall keeps the north/south flow of the river from impacting this fragile ribbon of estuary. At high tide, the water overflows the wall, but sediments are retained. This portion of the estuary contains extensive oyster beds for recreational use. Oysters require moderate water movement to bring oxygen and food and a trip to the ocean inlets on the eastern edge of the estuary will serve to verify that the tides push a lot of water into this habitat. Various species of skates (Raja spp.) and rays (Dasyatis spp.) inhabit this shallow basin, and small sharks have been reported by locals.