LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

Multifamily housing behind a large Fran-eroded dune

Figure 3. Erosion of dunes threatens this beachfront housing. (Photograph by the author. More about the photograph)

Figure 3 shows an eroded dune in front of a beachfront condominium project. As in the case of the house in Figure 2, this beach and dune eroded rapidly during Hurricanes Bonnie and Fran, but rising sea level played a role by bringing the sea up to a level where storm waves could attack the dune itself rather than dissipating their force over the wide and gently sloping beachface (shown on the right-hand side of the photograph).