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A sedimentary investigation into the Camel Estuary, North Cornwall Navigational Dredging in Camel Estuary. Illustrate your essay with specific examples.

The Camel estuary, stretching seaward from the mouth of the River Camel, may be found situated on the North Cornwall coast, a relatively unspoilt area.  Characteristic land marks distinguishing the area include: the headland Pentire Point as well as the headland, Streppire Point, the Doom Bar and the beach at Polzeath.  The Camel River catchment is one of two large catchment areas that drain a large area of the east and north east Cornwall region.  Into the River Camel and therefore the Camel estuary, run many rivers and streams, including the River Amble as well as the Allen, offering a large catchment area.  Due to the size and area of the Camel catchment, it may often respond slowly to large rain events and from its sheer headwaters down to the sea going estuary, it runs through and over a varied morphology of rock.  At the town of Padstow the estuary is more than half a mile wide and then reaches toward the market town of Wadebridge where it stretches inland for five miles.

 

 

The camel estuary receives and offloads an entire range of sediment sizes, this is displayed by the wide variety of habitats and land and water formations present throughout the Camel estuary's distribution area.  The ample abundance of formations and habitats (where human development  has not intervened and disturbed natural distribution patterns) is indicative of a high level of sediment input from terrestrial and more probably, marine sources. As sediment is still being extracted from the estuary, including in the form of sand mining and observations have shown that this is not having a negative affect on the estuary's sediment sinks, it is clear that the estuary must, possess a net sediment intake .

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