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Coastal deposition and associated landforms

 
Content

Content

Title
Summary
  • Coastal Processes - Coastal deposition and associated landforms
  • A lesson that supports students to explore the coastline of western France and north eastern England in search of coastal spits and to reflect upon their formation.
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Digital tools
Categories
  • Geography
  • Earth Sciences
Audience
Learning objectives
  • Designed for 12-13 year olds but could be used with younger or older students with a suitable change in pace.
  • To be able to identify a coastal spit from aerial photography.
  • To be able to interrogate the aerial photography of a coastal spit and predict the direction of longshore drift and the source of sediment.
Time to complete
Resources required
  • 45 - 60 minutes
  • Laptop or tablet devices with internet access.
 
Geography Starter

Starter

 
Geography Activities

Think

 
This video clip has not got any audio. Can you work out what coastal processes are occurring? What landforms are being formed? What geographical terms should you use when explaining the processes that are happening in the clip?
 
Geography Activities

Activities

 
Hurst Castle
 
Geography Activities

Task 1 - Examples

Look at the three examples of coastal spits by clicking on the links below - each will open a view on Google Earth for Chrome.

Notice the landform's shape, the shape of the coastline where they occur, the fact they are made of sediment. What are the similarities between the three sites? What are the differences.

 
Placemark Example 1: Hurst Castle [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Placemark Example 2: Dawlish Warren [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Google Document Example 3: Orford Ness [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
 
Geography Activities

Task 2 - Searching the coastline

  1. Starting at 'Placemark A - Brest' work south along the French coastline to 'Placemark B - La Rochelle' looking for examples of spits. When you find one record the link for that view in Google Earth for Chrome [Share > Get link] in a Google Document with a relevant note.
  2. Starting at 'Placemark C - Hartlepool' work south along the British coastline to 'Placemark D - King's Lynn' looking for examples of spits. When you find one record the link for that view on Google Earth [Share > Get link] in a Google Document with a relevant note.
  3. Choose the best example of a spit you have found and capture a screen shot of it from Google Earth for Chrome.
  4. Paste the image into a Google Document and add some additional research about the spit you have chosen.
  5. Can you determine the direction of longshore drift for the spit you have chosen?
 
Google Document A: Brest [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Placemark B: La Rochelle [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Placemark C: Hartlepool [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Placemark D: King's Lynn [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
 
Google Earth
 

Using Google Earth for Chrome with this lesson

 

Google Earth for Chrome is a web-based version of Google Earth.

An alternative way to save places can be found here.

The individual placemarks can be opened as links from this webpage. Alternatively they can all be opened from a single file. To do this follow these steps:

  1. To view KML files, click Menu and then Settings.
  2. Click Enable KML file import.
  3. Click Save.
  4. Download Coastal Deposition Google Earth Placemarks onto your computer or upload it to your Google Drive.
  5. Click My Places
  6. Click Import KML file and choose the file from your computer or Google Drive.
 
Google Document Coastal Deposition Google Earth Placemarks
 
Geography Review

Review

 
Geography Activities

Think

If you can explain the formation of a coastal spit (which you should be able to do) - can you explain the formation of a bay?
 
Jurassic Coast Coastal Landform - Cove - Lulworth Cove Panorama
Google Document Lulworth Cove [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
 

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