Important Message about LEARN NC

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.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

Multifamily housing behind a large Fran-eroded dune

Figure 15. This dune was badly eroded by Hurricane Fran in 1996. (Photograph by the author. More about the photograph)

Figure 15 shows the seaward dune on Bogue Banks in the aftermath of Hurricane Fran and the winter storms of 1998. As we saw on Bear Island, there is no level of sand volume or vegetation coverage sufficient to render seaward dunes immune from storm erosion. This dune has been made into a sand cliff. In most cases, natural processes of dune restoration, such as those seen on Bear Island in Figure 11, will eventually bring back enough sand to reestablish a sloping dune face. It is not clear, however, that the owners of apartment units in the buildings in the background will have the patience for nature to take its course!

In the summer of 1999, there was much talk about developing political support for public financing of a beach nourishment project here to “repair the damage” done by the “natural disasters” of the hurricanes. Unsurprisingly, this talk escalated after Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd. The public beach remains ready for use between low and high tide levels, but the private land above high tide has been severely eroded. How society will deal with this dichotomy is still being worked out.