Claytor Nature Center: Site 2 River Bank Spring 2022

River headwaters in temperate forest of Virginia, USA
You are on the banks of the Big Otter River, which is part of the Roanoke River watershed. Here, you are not far from the river’s headwaters in the Blue Ridge mountains. This portion of the river experiences seasonal flooding that changes the shape of the sandy beach below you throughout the year.

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The Virtual Field’s 360 Degree Video Project Series allows viewers to develop their own powers of observation by studying the environments of the earth.

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