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Geography Field Trip, Tal-y-bont, Wales, River Study.

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Geography Field Trip, Tal-y-bont, Wales, River Study David Goldie 11JK On the 3rd March 2002 my geography class of 19 students left Parmiters School in Garston for Tal-y-bont in west Wales. During the 3 days that we spent in Wales we studied 5 points on the course of the river Einion, 3 beaches on the west coast and a town study in Aberystwyth. The focus of this project will be the 3 beaches afore mentioned. These beaches were at Ynyslas, Borth and Clarach Bay (2 studies were carried out at Clarach Bay) Our aims on this trip were to: 1.) Put geography learned in the classroom into practice. Such as identifying geographical features, which I have studied from a text book in the classroom but never in the outside world. 2.) To test my hypothesis written below. 3.) To learn about rivers and their geographical features. These will hopefully include river cliff, wetted perimeter, meanders, ox-bow lakes etc. Hypothesis. 1.) The larger the width of the river the slower the river will flow. I believe this because if the river is wider then it should have a larger wetted perimeter and so more friction should result causing the river to flow slower as more of its energy is used to fight the friction meaning less of the gravitational energy of the river can go to moving the water. ...read more.

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Metres Depth Velocity Width Length Height 1 19 506 5.5 10.3 1.8 2 21 285 4.5 8.9 1.6 3 20 403 5.7 6.2 1.5 4 25 331 2.9 4.4 1.9 5 22 208 2.1 3.2 1.6 Gradient = 4 Site 5 Bedload Bedload Bedload Metres Depth Velocity Width Length Height 1 18 6 5.5 7 2 2 20 143 7 11.3 4 3 36 315 4.5 11.5 2.8 4 33 408 7.3 13.3 3 5 25 111 4.8 5.6 0.8 6 13 51 3.3 4.4 0.6 Gradient = 2 Site 6 Bedload Bedload Bedload Metres Depth Velocity Width Length Height 1 17 79 8.3 11.4 5.5 2 11 659 6.7 10.1 2.5 3 18 31 4.8 6.3 1.5 4 26 191 5.8 8.1 3 5 29 61 6.7 9 4.5 6 22 18 4.5 5.7 5.4 7 26 9 2.5 2.8 0.2 8 10 30 6.5 7.8 1 9 19 7 3.1 5.4 1 Gradient = 5 Analysis Hypothesis 1 Average Speeds for Each Site Site Av. Speed Width Of River 1 219 10 2 241.2 5 3 207.4 8 4 346.6 5 5 172.3 6 6 117.4 9 This table shows that the average width of the river is: 10+5+8+5+6+9 = 7.1666666m which is approx. ...read more.

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and others that seem completely random (such as site 1). I think that the results taken in this test are probably very unreliable because they were only tested once and so provide a lot of anomalous results. Because of this I feel that my theory cannot be proved as only of the 6 sites follow the pattern explained in my hypothesis. Evaluation I think that I have stuggled to prove my theories through geographical evidence as I believe that our result taking methods were not accurate enough and so gave us a lot of anomalous results. Also I feel that far to few sites were studied and If more results were taken I believe I would have been able to prove my hypothesis to a high degree. If I were to take part in another trip of this kind I would like to be able to spend longer there and build up a large collection of accurate results and then I feel that I would have been more confident in my hypothesis. I would like to thank; Mrs Lloyd, Mr Wilson and Mr Rowland for taking us on this trip and I would like to thank Mr Rowland and Mr Redstall for helping me with this coursework. ...read more.

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