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Important Announcement about Online Courses and LEARN NC.

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.

About this photograph

Margery H. Freeman
Date created
August 1966
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
This photograph copyright ©1966. All Rights Reserved

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, WY

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The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. About 600,000 years ago, several volcanic eruptions in Yellowstone emptied a magma chamber whose roof collapsed, forming a giant pit that filled with lava. Some lava flows blocked waterways, which subsequently formed lakes that overflowed and eroded the area around them, a process that created the canyon. At one point, glaciers filled the canyon, and the water from their eventual melt off deepened the canyon even more.

In 1872, Yellowstone became the world’s first national park. The park preserves and protects a stunning variety of flora and fauna, including large mammals such as elk, wolves, bison, moose, and grizzly bears. The park’s most common ecosystem is the subalpine forest. It is famous for its hot springs and geysers. Thousands come to see Old Faithful every year. Yellowstone Lake is located over the Yellowstone Caldera, an enormous supervolcano, and the park’s geothermal features are powered by volcanic activity. From 11,000 years ago to around 200 years ago, the park was home to several different groups of Native Americans.