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Coastal geomorphology coursework on the North Norfolk coast - page 1

Keywords: This is a coursework on the coasts of Cley and Overstrand in the North Norfolk coast

By Northcott on 26/09/2008

Level: VGCSE

Page Number: 1 of 8   pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Coastal Geomorphology
Of the
North Norfolk Coast

By Rowan Northcott

Contents Page

1. Title Page
2. Contents Page
3. Introduction
4. Introduction (2)
5. Methodology
6. Data Presentation and Analysis
7. Data Presentation and Analysis (2)
8. Data Presentation and Analysis (3)
9. Conclusion
10. Evaluation


In this study we will be studying two main areas: Cley next the sea and Overstrand. These areas have been under severe coastal erosion for some time now and this is what this investigation is on.

There are three main aims for this enquiry:
1. What are the landforms like?
2. What evidence is there that they are influenced by geology, past and present processes?
3. How are the processes being influenced by human activity?

These aims can be broken down further:

For the first aim:
· What type of rock is there?
· How steep are the cliffs?
· How high are the cliffs?
· The shape of the beaches and cliffs
· The size of the beach
· What sea defences have been put in
· What is happening further down the coast?
· The type of the erosion in the area

For the second aim:
· Geology
· History of area
· Glaciation
· Previous activity; quarrying, dredging etc.

For the third aim:
· Development- Seaside resorts, housing, industry etc.
· Pollution from industry

This area is a very suitable area for doing this enquiry for there has been severe erosion of the cliffs (at Overstrand) and the increasing size of Blakeney spit that is just down the beach from Cley.

In the past this area has been affected by vast glaciation.

Also in this area human activity has been enforced to try and slow down the rate of erosion in these areas.

Background of North Norfolk Coast

The coast in question is under threat due to: increasing sea level associated with climate change that leads to flooding of low-lying areas, coastal erosion is threatening property, farmland and wildlife habitats this has also been provoked by coastal defences that slow down erosion in some areas but heightens the rate of erosion in other areas, offshore dredging also upsets the natural cycle of erosion and then the human activity of urbanisation, pollution, tourism and port/harbour development. The salt marshes and mudflats that are so well known in North Norfolk are being salinisation. This affects millions of migratory waders and wildfowl due to the ‘coastal squeeze’ of rising sea levels removing habitats. This is vital for the town as the Norfolk Wildlife trust attracts 100,000 human visitors per year.

History of Overstrand

Overstrand is a town on the North Norfolk coast situated East of Cromer but still on the coast. It is a touristy town that is currently in a quandary. It has the awful decision of balancing the

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