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1 Rivers Revision -We will revise the main topic areas of Water on the Land

2 Knowledge Checklist Know the processes of erosion Know the processes of transportation Know how waterfalls and gorges are formed Know how meanders and ox-bow lakes are formed Know how flood plains and levees are formed Know the factors that affect river discharge Know the physical and human causes of flooding Know a case study of a rich and poor country flood Know how hard and soft engineering can be used in flood management Know how water is used in the UK with areas of surplus and deficit Know a case study of a reservoir in the UK

3 The Profile of a River Key Idea: The shape of river valleys changes as rivers flow downstream due to the dominance of different processes. Processes of erosion – hydraulic action, abrasion, attrition, solution; vertical and lateral erosion. Processes of transportation – traction, saltation, suspension and solution. Deposition and reasons for it. Long profile and changing cross profile.

4 The Water Cycle It is the main input to the drainage basin

5 The long profile of a river is a cross section from its source to its mouth. This whole area is known as the drainage basin. They are divided into three sections: – Upper course – Middle course – Lower course River gradient decreases gradually as the river flows downstream (ie. It becomes less steep) The long profile and the drainage basin

6 A river basin is the area of land drained by a river and its tributaries Watershed – an area of higher land separating two drainage basins Source – the place where a river begins Tributary – a smaller river joining a larger one Confluence – the place where two rivers join Mouth – the place where a river enters a lake or the sea Drainage Basin Key words

7 Processes of Erosion


9 Transportation Material is carried in the river in four ways: Traction: large stones are rolled along the river bed Saltation: smaller stones ‘bounce’ along the river bed Suspension: small particles of silt and clay float through the water Solution: minerals are dissolved in the river

10 Deposition Deposition is the dumping of material and happens when the river loses its energy. This may be during a dry spell, on the inside of a river bend, or when the river reaches the sea (read on for more on this).

11 The Long Profile of a River L.Ob: to describe how a river changes from source to mouth Think about the 2 pictures of rivers: why are they so different?

12 Features at the 3 stages of a river Why?

13 SOURCE MOUTH UPPER COURSEMIDDLE COURSELOWER COURSE Waterfalls Rapids Interlocking spurs V-shaped valley Vertical erosion & transportation Lateral & vertical erosion, transportation, deposition Transportation & deposition Meanders SEA Ox-bow lakes Levees Flood plain

14 River Severn – Source to Mouth Video

15 Upper Course Vertical erosion is the main process. Valleys are v-shaped, interlocking spurs. Waterfalls are formed. Rapids are smaller scale feature formed where finer bands of varying resistance of rocks are found.

16 Foundation Question Higher Question


18 Upper Course – V-Shaped Valleys and Interlocking Spurs

19 Upper Section Landforms

20 Waterfalls A waterfall is a place on a river where the water flows vertically They tend to occur in the upper course of a river 1.Softer rock erodes quickly, undercutting harder rock 2.Harder rock erodes more slowly, forming overhang 3.Overhang eventually collapses – the waterfall moves upstream 4.Steep sided valley (gorge) is formed 5.Plunge pool erodes under waterfall

21 Landforms in Middle and Lower Sections: Meanders

22 Formation of Meanders


24 Slow flow = loss of energy. Fast flow = lots of energy. Low energy = deposition. High energy=erosion

25 Foundation and Higher Question


27 Meanders and Ox-Bow Lakes


29 Meandering stream flowing from top of screen to bottom

30 Maximum erosion Maximum deposition










40 Oxbow Lake Oxbow cuttoff Meander scars

41 Foundation Question

42 Higher Question


44 A Delta Some rivers reach the sea in deltas, which form where river mouths become choked with sediment, causing the main river channel to split into hundreds of smaller channels or distributaries Deltas only form under certain conditions The river must be transporting a large amount of sediment The sea must have a small tidal range and weak currents The sea must be shallow at the river mouth Famous deltas consist of the Mississippi delta, The Ganges and Brahmaputra delta (Bangladesh) and of course the Nile delta.

45 Flood Plains and Levees When a river continually floods, it spreads silt across the flood plain. Often this material piles up to form levees. Sometimes, humans make artificial levees to mimimise the impact of flooding.

46 Flood Hydrograph DISCHARGE (cumecs)RAINFALL mm time LAG TIME Peak RainfallPeak Discharge

47 River DISCHARGE Discharge is the volume rate of water flow, which is transported through the river channel. Measured in cumecs (cubic metres per second)

48 The Flood Hydrograph – A = floods quickly (flash flood) B = slower rate of discharge, less likely to flood WHAT FACTORS AFFECT THE DISCHARGE LINE?

49 Factors Affecting Water in a River Amount and type of rainfall Previous weather conditions Land use Temperature Rock type Relief

50 Describe 5 factors that might affect the lag time (time it takes river to flood)

51 1 = Deforestation 1 = Deforestation 2 = Urbanisation 2 = Urbanisation 3 = Relief of land 3 = Relief of land 4 = Dam Building 4 = Dam Building 5 = Industry/Agriculture 5 = Industry/Agriculture

52 Contrast the hydrographs (3) Explain why the two hydrographs are different (4)

53 Foundation Higher

54 Flooding Physical FactorsHuman Factors Prolonged RainfallDeforestation SnowmeltImpermeable materials Heavy Rainfall Relief Frequency of Flooding Flooding in the UK appears to be happening more often!


56 Case Studies You need to know too flood case studies! – Rich Country (Worcestershire, England) – Poor Country (Bangladesh)


58 MEDC: UK Floods 2007 Write a quick case study…. What caused the floods? What were the main effects? What are the solutions?

59 FLOODING IN AN LEDC – Bangladesh Case Study IMPORTANT DATES and DEVELOPMENT INDICATORS for Bangladesh CAUSES of the flood: EFFECTS of the flood on People and Environment: Remember SHORT and LONG TERM EFFECTS of the flood on People and Environment: Remember SHORT and LONG TERM MANAGEMENT RESPONSES – can they reduce the impact?:

60 Hard Vs Soft Engineering Page 92 of book Raise levees Dredge river beds Straighten rivers

61 Hard Vs Soft Engineering Better warning systems Zone off some areas



64 Model answers and mark scheme For more past papers and info visit the OCR ‘A’ Geography website

65 Managing Water in the UK What causes the water stress? How can we be more efficient with water?

66 (6)

67 Reservoir Case Study You need to know one case study of a reservoir that provides water to people in the UK Kielder Reservoir is in book -Biggests man-made reservoir in Europe. -Was poor farmland, large valley with steep sides. -Lots of rainfall and low population. -Wild habitats were limited so little environmental damage. -Supplies NE of England wit water. -Lots of leisure industry there. Good for economy.



70 Past Paper Questions Click for examiners mark scheme

71 Model answers and mark scheme Continues…..

72 Model answers and mark scheme Continues…..

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