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On the 11-12th June we stayed at the Cranedale
Field Centre in order to make observations on the Derwent River profile and collect data on Hornsea and Mappleton’s coastal defences. We made the visit with the intention of collecting necessary data for our GCSE Geography Paper 3 Exam.
At 8:00 am we departed from Hymers on our way to the Cranedale Field Centre. After deciding rooms and picking lunch choices, we headed out to start our data collection on rivers. We first arrived to Helwath Beck, our first site. After being given a thorough explanation on how to use the equipment, we began to measure
the river’s width, depth, wetted perimeter, velocity
and more, along a transect. For most of us this was successful, except that a certain member in our group ended up falling into the river as soon as they entered it.
Once we finished with site one, we headed out to
the second site, Broxa. We compared the differences between the two sites and were able to see a good example of a meander. After gathering all the data needed, we headed back to the centre for a well- deserved break and for most of the evening we spent time enjoying the Centre’s facilities before having dinner. After we had eaten, we had a short lesson to reflect back on what we had done that day but also used this time
as an introduction to what we would be doing the next day. After this, we spent the rest of the night in the games room playing table football and table tennis.
On the second day, we all headed to Hornsea to
carry out our coastal study. Once we arrived we split off into the same groups as the day before and went down to the beach. Using a quadrat, tape measure
and clinometer we measured first the south side of
the groyne and then the north side. On the beach, we measured each time the beach profile changed and the dominant particle size of the sand at these points.
We took another brief journey on the bus to Mappleton, where we found the tide was too far in and so couldn’t carry out any data collection, but we did get some important information for our cases study including examples of dune regeneration and the use of rock groynes. Then, having taken the obligatory group picture, we got on the bus to make our way home.
We’d like to thank Miss Batch, Mrs Copeland and Mr Sanz Caro for organizing and taking us on the trip. It was simply smashing!
Sandali Narasinghe, Year 10 I 99

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