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Why is there a big hill at College and Shipyard? The rest of the area is flat.

We reached out to Mike Benedetti, a professor in the Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

He writes:

Not sure if I have a definitive answer for you. I guess this depends on what you would consider to be a “hill”.

USGS topographic maps show that the area around Shipyard/College has an elevation of about 40 feet above sea level. I’ll attach a portion of the map printed online. The highest points in that immediate area are behind Hoggard High School on the north side of Shipyard.

There is a small stream (Hewletts Creek) running under College Road just south of the intersection. With the creek at an elevation below 20 feet, that gives the impression of rising a hill as you climb out of the river floodplain up onto the flat surface near the King’s Pharmacy & Compounding Lab and the high school.

I would guess that is the origin of the names “Long Leaf Hills” and “Valley Hills” for the subdivisions just north and south of the creek.

The other thing I would note is that historical imagery (available back to around 1993 in Google Earth) shows that a big pile of sand was dumped in around 1995 on the land where the pharmacy now sits– this would be land fill to level the area before construction on the building and parking lot. I wouldn’t call this a hill but it maybe raised the land by a few feet in places.

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