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.

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Groins at Cape Hatteras
In Natural and human impacts on the northern Outer Banks, page 20
When the lighthouse was threatened by erosion in the early 1960s, the federal government responded with a series of efforts to stem the shoreline's retreat. In 1966, the National Park Service undertook a $300,000 beach replenishment project that pumped sand...
By Blair Tormey and Dirk Frankenberg.
Groins at Cape Hatteras
Groins at Cape Hatteras
Format: image/photograph
Moving the lighthouse
In Natural and human impacts on the northern Outer Banks, page 21
After the construction of the groins, the National Park Service continued to protect the lighthouse beach with extensive sandbagging efforts, but an October storm in 1970 wiped out the sandbags. Replenishment projects followed in 1971 and 1973 on the north...
By Blair Tormey and Dirk Frankenberg.
Beach management groin
Beach management groin
In Bolinas, California, a groin has been constructed to control erosion on the beach.
Format: image/photograph
Coastal erosion and the ban on hard structures
In Recent North Carolina, page 4.3
North Carolina’s sandy coast is one of the state’s greatest tourist attractions, and also one of its frequent sources of controversy. The 301 miles of coastline in the east have been the site of an ongoing struggle between stable structures created by humans and the dynamic forces of nature, between property rights and thousands of years of geology. A 1985 rule designed to preserve the beaches in their natural state enjoys the support of coastal scientists but threatens the investments of home-owners and developers.
Format: article
By Emily Jack.
Natural and human impacts on the northern Outer Banks
This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” examines how coastal process continuously alter the structure of the Outer Banks, and how humans have adapted to and resisted these changes.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Moving Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
In Recent North Carolina, page 4.2
Because of the threat of shoreline erosion, in 1999, the Cape Hatteras Light Station was successfully relocated 2,900 feet from the spot on which it had stood since 1870.
Format: article
Background information for chapter two
In Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks, page 2.1
This page contains background information for teachers implementing chapter two of the unit “Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina’s Outer Banks.”
Format: article
By Stanley R. Riggs, Dorothea Ames, and Karen Dawkins.