K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

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.

Peak of the Blue Ridge
In Elevations and forest types along the Blue Ridge Parkway, page 14
Figure 13 shows one of the places where spruce and fir dominate the hardwoods completely. This illustration looks like what you would see in the forests of Canada, but was taken on the road into Mount Mitchell Sate Park at an elevation of slightly over 6,000...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Mount Mitchell
Mount Mitchell
Sign at the summit of Mount Mitchell with Mount Craig in the background.
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Summit of Mount Mitchell
Summit of Mount Mitchell
In this photograph taken at Mount Mitchell State Park, N.C., the summit of Mount Mitchell appears in the background behind a stand of Fraser firs. At the time this photo was taken, the observation tower at the top of Mount Mitchell was under construction....
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View from Mount Mitchell
View from Mount Mitchell
This is the view from Mount Mitchell in Yancey County, North Carolina. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in eastern North America, towering at 6,684 feet. It is named after Elisha Mitchell, a University of North Carolina professor who returned to the mountain...
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Moss on Mount Mitchell in Yancey County
Moss on Mount Mitchell in Yancey County
This is a close-up of seedlings growing in a lush mound of moss on Mount Mitchell. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in eastern North America, towering at 6,684 feet. It is named after Elisha Mitchell, a University of North Carolina professor who returned...
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Mount Mitchell
Mount Mitchell
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Mount Mitchell ridge line
Mount Mitchell ridge line
This photograph, taken at Mount Mitchell State Park, N.C., shows the peaks in the Black Mountain range north of Mount Mitchell. The Black Mountains are the highest range east of the Mississippi River, with Mount Mitchell claiming the title of the highest peak...
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Summit Observation Deck on Mount Mitchell
Summit Observation Deck on Mount Mitchell
This is the Summit Observation Deck on Mount Mitchell. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in eastern North America, towering at 6,684 feet. It is named after Elisha Mitchell, a University of North Carolina professor who returned to the mountain in 1857 to...
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The forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains
In Elevations and forest types along the Blue Ridge Parkway, page 1
The relationship between elevation and forest types is one of the most striking features of the ecology of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The major determinent of this relationship is climate: Average temperatures in the Blue Ridge decline about 5.5 degrees Fahrenheit...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
A hiking trail on Mount Mitchell
A hiking trail on Mount Mitchell
This is a hiking trail on Mount Mitchell. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in eastern North America, towering at 6,684 feet. It is named after Elisha Mitchell, a University of North Carolina professor who returned to the mountain in 1857 to confirm his previous...
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Mount Mitchell State Park
In 1915, a bill was introduced in the state legislature establishing Mount Mitchell as the first state park. Through this legislation, the North Carolina State Parks System came into being. Today the forest on this peak is in decline due to natural and man-made factors. The educational program offered by park rangers introduces students to the forest types of the Blue Ridge Mountains, focusing on the potential causes for forest decline in the mountains and at Mount Mitchell.
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Fraser firs at Mount Mitchell State Park
Fraser firs at Mount Mitchell State Park
Photo of Fraser firs in the Black Mountains, taken at Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina. The mountain range gets its name from the dark color of the Fraser firs, which once covered the upper slopes of the mountains, causing them to appear black from...
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Black Mountain view
Black Mountain view
Photo of the Black Mountains, a sub-range of the Appalachians, taken from the summit of a ridge line in Mount Mitchell State Park, N.C.
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Bald rock at Black Mountain ridge summit
Bald rock at Black Mountain ridge summit
A spot of bald rock at the top of a ridge in the Black Mountains. This photo was taken at Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina.
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View from Black Mountain ridge
View from Black Mountain ridge
Photograph from the top of a ridge in the Black Mountains, taken at Mount Mitchell State Park. The Black Mountains — the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River — are part of the Blue Ridge mountain chain, and are a subrange of the Appalachians....
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Big Tom plaque
Big Tom plaque
This plaque in honor of Thomas David ("Big Tom") Wilson is set into the rock at the summit of Big Tom, a mountain in the Black Mountain range named after Wilson. The plaque reads: Big Tom Altitude 6580 feet Named after Thomas David ("Big Tom")...
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Elevations and forest types along the Blue Ridge Parkway
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” that explores the great diversity of forests in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Elisha Mitchell and his mountain
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 7.4
Elisha Mitchell, a professor at the University of North Carolina, demonstrated that the mountain in the Black Mountain range that now bears his name was the tallest in eastern North America. Thomas Clingman disagreed, and the two men waged a battle in newspapers. After Mitchell's death, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed his discovery.
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The unique beauty of the Roan Highlands
In Roan Mountain Highlands, page 1
The natural beauty of the Roan Mountain Highlands has been recognized since they were first visited by Europeans in the eighteenth century. The first naturalist to report on this site was John Fraser (for whom the Fraser fir is named) in 1787. Other reports...
By Dirk Frankenberg and Jennifer Godwin-Wyer.
Transition from Northern Hardwoods to Spruce-fir Forest
Transition from Northern Hardwoods to Spruce-fir Forest
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