• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12

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.

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Hydrology & Fluvial Geomorphology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Hydrology & Fluvial Geomorphology essays

  1. I am going to study the characteristics of rivers and how they change as ...

    Care should be taken when measuring the roundness because the pebbles middle part should be held directly above the 0 mark and if it is not the measurements will be taken wrongly. Some pebbles don't have lengths because they are equal on all sides and so it would be hard to measure the length.

  2. How does the Efficiency and Cross-Sectional Area of a River Change Down Stream?

    Is there a pattern in the data of the efficiency and cross sectional-area? - In the Bradshaw Model, both cross-sectional area and efficiency increase down stream. - An immediate pattern is recognizable after looking at the tables calculating the cross-sectional area and hydraulic radius as both tables result's increase.

  1. Study the downstream changes of Loughton Brook.

    * As stream order increases cross-sectional area increases. If the water depth and water width increases then surely the cross- sectional area will increase too because the cross-sectional area is the water width multiplied by the water depth. * As the stream order increases the channel width will increase More (lateral)

  2. Edexcel Geography B Unit 3 Coursework

    3 Depth increased by 50% from site 7 to site 8. The depth increased the most in the lower-course much more because of greater channel efficiency downstream (greater hydraulic radius), which meant that that the riverbed was eroded more effectively.

  1. Case Study on The Three Gorges Dam in China

    History As the reservoir behind the three gorges dam is created the water will flood many towns and villages containing some of China's most treasured historic sites for example. According to archaeologists, the reservoir will engulf around 1,200 historical sites, some dating back to over 50,000 years old and another presently 8,000 unexcavated sites.

  2. This project will study about the way the river Conwy in north Wales changes ...

    If this too short it will be awkward after a half way through we have to measure the width this is because to make it as a average. DEPTH: To find the depth we have make 5 equally distance points of equal distance.

  1. Does the river Alyn follow Bradshaw's model?

    Sampling is obviously less accurate than testing a whole population but it saves a lot of time and can still help to show general trends and relationships. The larger you can make the sample the more accurately it is likely to reflect the whole population.

  2. My hypotheses are:The character of the course of the River Bollin will change along ...

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Length(cm) 22.2 33 3.9 4 2.3 3 5.2 3.8 5.2 5.8 Width(cm) 2.2 2.5 2.5 2.3 2.2 2.9 2.5 1.1 4 4.1 Depth(cm) 0.5 1.4 1.9 2.1 1.2 0.8 3.4 0.2 2.3 0.2 Volume(cm�)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work