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.

Coquina Beach

Figure 11. The remnants of a dune built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s to prevent overwash at Coquina Beach. (Photograph by Blair Tormey. More about the photograph)

Storm overwash is one of the more prevalent processes with which humans must cope on the Outer Banks. During storms, large volumes of sand are eroded from the seaward side of the islands and redeposited in large overwash fans, which extend landward across the island.

Coquina Beach is located along an overwash-dominated portion of the northern Outer Banks. In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps built two palisade dunes at Coquina Beach to abate storm overwash. The primary palisade dune has since been battered by storms, most notably the Halloween Storm of 1991. The remains of a four-masted wooden schooner that wrecked in 1921 lie partially buried in the first palisade dune, and serve as silent testimony to the storm energy which dominates this section of coastline. The secondary palisade dune is still relatively intact and well vegetated.