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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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The “Old Fire”
The “Old Fire”
Smoke billows from the “Old Fire,” a wildfire that raged in the San Bernardino Mountains of California in the fall of 2003. In this view from a distant peak, gray-white smoke rises in great clouds from green mountains, partly obscuring a sky with...
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1869 map of North Carolina
1869 map of North Carolina
An 1869 color map of North Carolina. The map is shaded in three colors according to the forestation in different areas of the state: "Region of Coast Growth," "Long Leaf Pines," and "Oaks." Additional markings show the locations of mineral resources, including...
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After the burn
In Forests and fires: The longleaf pine savanna, page 11
Figure 10 shows the forest after the controlled burn illustrated in Figures 8 and 9. There are now signs of wire grasses here because the stems have been burned, but the roots and rhizomes are alive and well under the soil surface. Look back at
By Dirk Frankenberg.
After the controlled burn
After the controlled burn
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Airport in Pokhara, Nepal
Airport in Pokhara, Nepal
A small airport in Pokhara, Nepal during monsoon season. The surrounding landscape is a combination of mountainous forests and cleared farmlands.
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Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Back-Barrier Salt Marsh
Back-Barrier Salt Marsh
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Bald Head Island
We have arrived at last to the Atlantic Ocean. On the left side of the inlet is Bald Head Island and on the right is Fort Caswell on the eastern tip of Oak Island. In the foreground is Soutport. The inlet is about one mile across. Notice that the boat traffic...
By Steve Keith.
The Balds; Origins, Exposure, and Succession
The Balds; Origins, Exposure, and Succession
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A blackwater river from sea to source: The White Oak River transect
A “virtual field trip” up the White Oak River in southeastern North Carolina, with discussion of how local ecology changes along the way due to decreasing salinity.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Bottomland hardwood forest inland from the swamp forest
Bottomland hardwood forest inland from the swamp forest
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Broken stone doorway at Ta Prohm site at Angkor
Broken stone doorway at Ta Prohm site at Angkor
The massive left stone post of this doorway at Ta Prohm has broken and dropped to the ground. The top and right side of the stone door frame remain wedged in place, allowing people to pass through. Ta Prohm was built as a double-moated, royal monastery during...
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Burned Longleaf Savannah (Longleaf Pine Savanna)
Burned Longleaf Savannah (Longleaf Pine Savanna)
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Cascading rice-fields over Phewa Lake, Pokhara
Cascading rice-fields over Phewa Lake, Pokhara
Cascading rice terraces in a mountain valley near Phewa Lake, Pokhara in western Nepal. These terraces are an important feature of mountain agriculture in Nepal. They are carved into rice fields over generations.
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Cherohala Skyway in Graham County, North Carolina
Cherohala Skyway in Graham County, North Carolina
This is a spectacular view from the Cherohala Skyway in Graham County, North Carolina. Constructed over 34 years at a price of $100,000,000, the Skyway is North Carolina's most expensive highway. It connects Robbinsville, North Carolina with Tellico Plains,...
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Chestnut oak forest
In Elevations and forest types along the Blue Ridge Parkway, page 3
Most of the hardwood forests throughout the Piedmont and lower elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains are classified by ecologists as part of the large and complex Eastern Deciduous Forest biome. This biome covers roughly the eastern third of the United States...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Chestnut Oak: A Common Type of Eastern Deciduous Forest
Chestnut Oak: A Common Type of Eastern Deciduous Forest
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Chestnut Oak: A Common Type of Eastern Deciduous Forest
Chestnut Oak: A Common Type of Eastern Deciduous Forest
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Climbing the mountain trails
Climbing the mountain trails
Three men are climbing uphill along a mountain trail in Nepal. In the middle ground we see a Peepal Tree, which is worshiped by Hindus as a reincarnation of Vishnu, the god of protection. Behind the tree a patch of thatch grass is visible. In the mountains,...
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Coastal plain blackwater bottomland hardwood forest community (1)
In A blackwater river from sea to source: The White Oak River transect, page 17
Figure 15 shows a coastal plain blackwater bottomland hardwood forest community about 100 yards back from the river. This community has a variety of small trees growing under the canopy trees of oak, maple, sweet gum, and pine. If you look closely at the forest...
By Dirk Frankenberg.