- A sedimentary investigation into the Camel Estuary, North ...
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 .