• Join over 1.2 million students every month
• Accelerate your learning by 29%
• Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
Page
1. 1
1
2. 2
2
3. 3
3
4. 4
4
5. 5
5
6. 6
6
7. 7
7
8. 8
8
9. 9
9
10. 10
10
11. 11
11
12. 12
12
13. 13
13
14. 14
14
15. 15
15
16. 16
16
17. 17
17

# River Rother

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

INTRODUCTION We are visiting four different locations, on the 18th September 2009, along The River Rother. It is hoped that these locations will demonstrate the three main courses of a river; Upper Course, Middle Course and Lower course. The four locations that we will be visiting and carrying out our tests are: 1. Marley Lane, for the upper course (the source) 2. Sedlescombe, for the middle course 3. Bodiam, for the lower middle course 4. Rye Harbour, for the lower course (mouth) The purpose of the study is to find out if our hypothesis proven correct or not, 'The River Rother includes all the physical features and land use of a typical river.' Collecting data from each of the location hopefully will prove our hypothesis correct. The information that we need to collect from the three locations are; the width, depth and speed. To obtain these results we will be using a meter ruler, tape measure, clinometer and a dog biscuit. For some of the results that we are unable to get we will use a secondary source and we will compare our results to the results from text the books. The four locations that have been chosen are ideal for our study because they are close to the school, they show all the three stages of the rivers course and we are able to visit all the locations and get out tests done in one day. The River Rother, is 35 miles long, is a river flowing through the South East of England and runs though East Sussex and Kent. Its source is near Rotherfield which is in East Sussex, and its mouth is Rye Harbor, which is part of the English Channel. METHODOLOGY Width At a narrow point of the rivers course (Battle and Sedlescombe), we will use a meter ruler to measure the distance from one bank to other. At mid point (Bodiam), we will use a tape measurer crossing via a bridge. ...read more.

Middle

DATA ANALYSIS/INTERPRETATION Valley Profiles The valley at Battle is quite deep at the sides and not very deep in the middle. The shape is shaped like a 'U' but this maybe be because of the bridge that goes over the top of the river. Battle has a small valley that had been enlarged by the bridge. Therefore, this affected our results slightly but the valley was meant to be 'V' shaped. Sedlescombe is a lot flatter than Battle and it is wider. But we where only able to measure one side of the valley, so our interpretation is an estimate due to privet land but it still has the typical shape of a 'U' which is what we expected to find. Bodiam has a very wide valley floor and the valley slopes where at an angle making a rough 'U' shape like a typical river at this stage. Rye, we where unable to measure because the valley floor was too large. However, this is what we expected to find because it is the last stage of the river, the mouth. The theory from the textbooks is that the valley goes from a 'V' shape valley to a 'U' shape valley. This is due to hard rock being in the upper course of the river and because the high lands are mainly rock it is harder for the river to erode the away at the banks so it's a narrow shape forming a 'V' shape but the river winds around the hard rock a pattern like a snake. As you carry on down the river the hard rock starts to get erode so what is left are interlocking spurs, these also erode over time crating a wider valley floor crating a 'U'shape. The hypothesis is proven correct for the Valley Profile. How do I add the figures? DATA ANALYSIS/INTERPRETATION River Profiles The width for the three locations is as followed from smallest to the largest; Battle 55cm, Sedlescombe 130cm and Bodiam with 1200cm. ...read more.

Conclusion

It wasn't a good temperature either causing the clinometers to steam up and unable to read the angles accurately enough for a good result. The rain also ruined my own paper with my results on it making me have to get other results that could be wrong. And people rushing the test because it would start to rain again made it possible that we skipped something important and get the wrong results. Our hypothesis, 'The River Rother includes all the physical features and land use of a typical river.' can be inaccurate because it isn't being very clear to what kind of river it wants us to test for, 'a typical river' is there such thing? All rivers are going to be different whether its due to what part of a country they are in or the size of the river or even how much rain the river gets. But I think the main problem that makes our hypothesis inaccurate is not noting what country this typical river is from. A river in Africa is going to be different to a river in England because of the amount of rain fall, less rain less water in the river to clear the obstructions causing the river to have a smaller volume and slower speed. The land use would be completely different too; most of Africa is a LEDC (Less Economically Developed Country) so there wouldn't be a large amount of Settlement and Industry around the mouth of the river. The weather conditions affect the comparisons too, for example; if there is a heat wave the river will lose a lot of water causing speed to slow and volume to drop, depth and width would change too. In England we usually expect rain so the rivers volume, speed, depth and width would all increase. The hypothesis should change to a more clearer, 'The River Rother includes all the physical features and land use of a typical river in England'. Or something similar that is more targeted on a specific river. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Physical Geography 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

# Related GCSE Physical Geography essays

1. ## Geography River Rother

At Rye we will use a secondary source because the river there is much to deep for us to measure. The hypothesis we expect to be proven correct that the depth does getting deeper as you carry on down the rivers course.

2. ## V-shaped valley

Some rivers begin where water flows out of rocks. Rainwater sinks through the soil and trickles through the cracks and spaces in rocks such as chalk and limestone. These are called permeable rocks. The water continues to do this until it reaches a rock like clay.

1. ## The Ashdown Forest - geography,land use and climate. River study field trip

This makes floodplains a good place for agriculture. Some other river features are- Watershed - the edge of highland surrounding a drainage basin. It marks the boundary between two drainage basins. Confluence - the point at which two rivers or streams join. Tributary - a stream or smaller river which joins a larger stream or river.

2. ## The research I have carried out to test if the statement Stretches of a ...

Mean depth (m) The wetted perimeter (m) Site 1 2.40 0.17 0.23 0.24 0.19 0.26 0.22 3.38 Site 2 5.10 0.52 0.41 0.34 0.15 0.08 0.30 5.1 Site 3 9.30 0.30 0.30 0.20 0.05 - 0.17 10.9 Site 4 9.65 0.17 0.21 0.36 0.24 0.10 0.22 9.85 Site 5 13.00 0.15 0.28 0.35 0.40 0.18 0.27 7.4

1. ## Cliff erosion in East Sussex - the processes, problems and solutions.

Cliff Profiles Rottingdean:- Rottingdean is an inactive cliff because a coastal path and a sea wall have been built here. The cliff used to be active; this can be seen by the wave-cut platform primarily at low-tide, until man built a sea wall and placed an artificial beach there to protect the cliff.

2. ## Field investigation around the hypothesis: The River Piddles bed load will become smaller and ...

Relies on human opinion to decide on which calibre category they belong in. Athelhampton: Width m Depth Distance from Bank Water Depth Number cm m cm 0 0 1 32 0 44 2 64 0 47 3 96 0 50 4 128 0 52 5 160 0 55 6 192

1. ## Characteristics of a river

Site four is 6.40 m wide and has an average depth of 115 cm, with a maximum depth of 165cm making it the deepest site. Site five and six are a lot smaller than site four in both width and depth, yet site five is wider and deeper than site six.

2. ## Pembroke Field Trip

We tested the theory that" average beach pebble's shape and texture will be smoother and rounder at Amroth" by using callipers to find out the roundness of the pebbles using numbers 1-5 to say how reliable. The pebbles roundness were judged by whoever picked them up.

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