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Industrial Dartford

Before leaving Dartford, the river Darent flows pass many factories. The Darent now loses its charm. It is no longer a gently flowing river flowing through the Kent countryside and it is no longer crystal clear.

The town of Dartford and its factories have made an impact on the Darent.

Pollution

Dirty rivers
Rivers become dirty when they are polluted by waste from factories. Waste chemicals are sometimes emptied into streams and rivers, though there are usually laws to stop this being done.

From Dartford town bridge the Darent becomes tidal. At low water the river reveals its hidden secrets.

Trolleys, traffic cones and other items of rubbish are revealed.

The mud is green and slimy. Is this a sign of pollution?

Gone are the colourful pebbles on the river bed. They have been replaced with slimy mud.

Look at the photographs below.

Could this be the cause of the slimy green mud?

The photographs show a creamy blue liquid being discharged into the river. As the tide is going out, the creamy blue liquid flows towards the Thames.

All change
The photographs below show that the creamy blue liquid did not reach the Thames. The tide changed and water from the Thames washed the liquid back up the river towards Dartford.

The river has completely changed colour. It is now a creamy milky colour.

The Source Westerham Brasted
Sundridge Chipstead Otford
Shoreham Lullingstone Roman Villa Eynsford
Farningham Horton Kirby - Features of a river Dartford
Dartford Factories Salt Marshes Mouth
 
Human Influence Deposition Meander
Erosion Measuring the river

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