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I will be analysing six different sites in the River Wye, at the western part of the Peak District. The six sites that I am visiting and investigating are: south of Buxton, eastern part of Buxton, Millers Dale, Litton Mill, Ashford on water, Bakewell.

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For my GCSE Geography coursework I will be analysing six different sites in the River Wye, at the western part of the Peak District. The six sites that I am visiting and investigating are: south of Buxton, eastern part of Buxton, Millers Dale, Litton Mill, Ashford on water, Bakewell. Brief Background about the Peak District and the river Wye The Peak District was England's first National Park, dazzling its importance as a beautiful Landscape. The Scenery of the Peak District consists of generally isolated and extraordinary hills and coasts, as well as the natural wetlands. All the flora and fauna habitats which exist today have been intensely affected by thousands of years of the hustle and bustle of us humans. This now has changed the landscape promptly. For example most of the land of the Peak district would have been forested if there was no human activity. By keeping the national park uncontaminated and farming the land, the people have now produced a prosperous, hygienic and historical view with a larger variety of habitats. The River Wye is the foremost river of the western part of the peak, increasing on Axe Edge above Buxton and streaming eastwards through Buxton and Bakewell to connect to the Derwent of Rowsley. The river goes underground subsequently to its source and re-emerges in Poole's Cavern which then runs down the town centre of Buxton. Between Buxton and Ashford the river has had to sculpt an extended series of gorges which exemplify this section and the river always lies in the deep-cut valley which is often lined with cliffs and is sometimes outstandingly narrow. So why do we Study Rivers? ...read more.

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Efficiency As you can see for figure 4 I have drawn a bar chart horizontally. Basically I worked out the efficiency3 because of the fact that I cannot analyse wetted perimeter. Looking at the graph tells me that site 2 has a better efficiency in the way that there is better transporting of water going downstream. Even though it was upstream. However site 1 does not have that much of efficiency maybe because of the bedload making the water travel slowly. This is clear that this does not follow my hypotheses, because the main issue is that it is fluctuating. At one time it increases, decreases, then it goes at a steady pace. Width From looking at my graph for the width of all six sites, I can say that it is fluctuating but a small amount. For example, at site 1-Monsal Trail, the first measurement was 5.32 metres. This tells me that the river may be narrow as site 2 and 4 were the narrowest jointly 4.8m. Site 4 was narrow because it has been diverted because of a mill. This process is called Channelisation. The trend of this graph is steady at the first three sites then abruptly, the trend increases at site 5 Ashford in the water, with a staggering 11.3m as the width, subsequently, at Bakewell it gradually decreases but only a small amount of only 1.5m difference. Because of site 5 and 6 being narrow there was a promenade and a car park making it thin and consequently the water would be turbulent. This does not follow my hypothesis, as you can see from the results I have established. ...read more.

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Erosion can affect the width of the rive in the way that if the wall of the valley begins to break it can cause the river to get wider just like what happen to site 5 Ashford in the Water, with a staggering 11.3 metres measuring the width. Statement 4: People do not use the river differently as you go downstream This statement clearly tells me that this is not true, in many ways. For example we came across some people who were fishing, maybe because it was a good place to fish. Statement 5: The flood risk does not change as you go downstream. This is a false statement in the way that naturally there is going to be a flood risk in any river. However the point is that if the river is going downstream then there is a flat lane giving a very likely risk of flooding when there is heavy rain. Limitations In this part I will be stating how my project could be improved overall, if we did it again. Here are my reasons: 1. Firstly, I would have chosen a different location and a River. For example the Lake District 2. Secondly, I would have made each site equal in the way that each site is 100m gap etc 3. Thirdly, I would have change the timing of the year, denoting that I would choose a different season like winter, and then compare the difference. 4. Finally, It would have been better if there was more people in a group, thus we would of found an accurate result overall. 1 Bakewell 2 After Litton Mil 3 Area/Wetted Perimeter 4 Monsal Trail 5 Bakewell 6 Metres per Second 7 Monsal Trail 8 Bakewell ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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