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.

Narrow your search

Resources tagged with erosion are also tagged with these keywords. Select one to narrow your search or to find interdisciplinary resources.

Tuff Canyon near the Castelon area of Big Bend National Park
 Tuff Canyon  near the Castelon area of Big Bend National Park
This photograph shows the Tuff Canyon Cliff near the Castalon area. Tuff is “a rock composed of consolidated or cemented volcanic ash.” These gray cliffs show a great deal of erosion from Blue Creek as it cut through the rock. Strewn at the base...
Format: image/article
Acidic cove forest on a mountain creek
In Jocassee Gorges: Temperate rain forests of the Blue Ridge, page 11
The water that runs off the high slopes and off the Highlands Plateau is quickly organized into creeks and begins its descent towards the sea. The upper reaches of these creeks are too small to have great erosive power, but they can still carry sediments downstream...
By Dirk Frankenberg and Stephanie Walters.
Animal tracks in the dried mud in Death Valley, California
Animal tracks in the dried mud in Death Valley, California
Animal tracks in the dried mud in Death Valley, California. Occasional, brief rainstorms create a thin veneer of mud that later dries up into cracked plates, preserving the tracks of anything that walked on it when wet. Death Valley National Park is located...
Format: image/photograph
Balanced Rock at Arches National Park
Balanced Rock at Arches National Park
The size of three school buses, Balanced Rock appears to be precariously perched on its pedestal. The red sandstone landform has eroded over millions of years. Next to Balanced Rock is a smaller balanced rock called “Chip Off the Old Block.” This...
Format: image/photograph
Beach Erosion
Beach Erosion
Format: image/photograph
A beachfront house threatened by erosion
In Evidence of rising sea level: Coastal erosion and plant community changes, page 3
Figure 2 shows a beachfront house being undercut by waves. Unfortunately, this kind of damage happens frequently as sea level rises and erosion eats into the shoreline. Erosion into housing areas usually occurs when something happens to increase the local...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
A broken, orange ridge at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, CA
A broken, orange ridge at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, CA
The view from Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, California. A jagged stone mountain ridge zigzags across the landscape, lit sharply by afternoon sun. The stone is a rich, rust orange. Zabriskie Point is well-known for its outstanding views of the eroded valley...
Format: image/photograph
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Spectacular colors can be seen in the layers of sediment in this photograph taken in Bryce Canyon National Park. There are pinks, purples, terracotta, tan, and white layers.
Format: image/photograph
A cactus with rose-colored spines near Death Valley, CA
A cactus with rose-colored spines near Death Valley, CA
A cactus with rose-colored spines and green flesh near Death Valley, California. Though the surrounding Mojave Desert is rich with cacti and other succulent species, they are a fairly rare sight in Death Valley due to the extreme heat and salinity of much...
Format: image/photograph
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
In Natural and human impacts on the northern Outer Banks, page 19
No structure better symbolizes the human struggle to cope with natural processes of the Outer Banks than the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The first Cape Hatteras lighthouse was built in 1802, more than 3,000 feet from the coeval shoreline. The base of that first...
By Blair Tormey and Dirk Frankenberg.
Central Park area of Arches National Park
Central Park area of Arches National Park
Park Avenue has “fins” of rock that tower above flat terrain. The Entrada red sandstone formations have been evolving for millions of years and they are constantly changing due to erosion.
Format: image/photograph
Chelser Park Trail in Needles area of Canyonlands National Park
Chelser Park Trail in Needles area of Canyonlands National Park
This image shows the smooth tops of rock formations seen from the Chesler Park Trail in Canyonlands National Park. The trail is located in the Needles section of the park. Just above the crests of the rocks, the tops of trees are visible. In the distance,...
Format: image/photograph
Chelser Park Trail in Needles area of Canyonlands National Park
Chelser Park Trail in Needles area of Canyonlands National Park
Over millions of years sedimentary rock has eroded into the formations that are present today in Canyonlands National Park. This photograph shows the multi-colored layers of rock towering above the high desert floor below. The green scrubby bushes and trees...
Format: image/photograph
Chelser Park, Canyonlands National Park
Chelser Park, Canyonlands National Park
These odd looking rock formations have mushroom-shaped tops. The base of the formations are terracotta red and the “caps” are tan. In the background taller formations can be seen with horizontal cracks running all the way across them. Green shrubbery...
Format: image/photograph
Chesler Park Trail in the Needles area of Canyonlands National Park
Chesler Park Trail in the Needles area of Canyonlands National Park
This photograph shows how erosion has carved the sedimentary rock over millions of years. The boulder in the foreground is breaking down and chips of rock litter the ground next to it. The rocks in the background have perfectly straight horizontal cracks running...
Format: image/photograph
Clays of the Piedmont: Origins, recovery, and use
A “virtual field trip” through the North Carolina Piedmont and thousands of years of history explains the origin of Piedmont clays and how clay is made into pottery. With high-resolution photographs.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
The coastal dilemma
In Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks, page 1.15
This lesson is part of chapter one of the unit "Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks. Students look at examples of shoreline erosion. They reflect on the impact this erosion can have on human life on the Outer Banks.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Science and Social Studies)
By Stanley R. Riggs, Dorothea Ames, and Karen Dawkins.
The Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
The Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
The Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. The river winds through craggy rock ridges. The Grand Canyon is located on the Colorado Plateau. The plateau was uplifted as the Colorado River and its tributaries carved channels into the rock over...
Format: image/photograph
Craggy cliff walls on Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Craggy cliff walls on Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Craggy cliff walls on Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. The Grand Canyon is located on the Colorado Plateau. The plateau was uplifted as the Colorado River and its tributaries carved channels into the rock over a period of thousands...
Format: image/photograph
Craggy cliff walls on Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Craggy cliff walls on Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Craggy cliff walls on Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Evergreen shrubs sprout from crevices in the rock. The Grand Canyon is located on the Colorado Plateau. The plateau was uplifted as the Colorado River and its tributaries carved...
Format: image/photograph