River Severn

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The River Severn

A Key Stage 2 Resource for Rivers and Coasts

 
 
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River Severn at Newtown

Newtown (Welsh: Y Drenewydd) is the largest town in the county of Powys, Wales and has been a market town since 1279. It was built within a narrow valley next to the River Severn.

Distance from Source: 25 km (15.5 miles)

Height above Sea Level: 103m

Width of river: 26m

Newtown is approximately 32 km (20 miles) from the English border.

image: photo of river from footbridge
Photo of the River Severn from a footbridge in Newtown


Photo of the River Severn from a footbridge in Newtown

image: deposition
Percy Penguin spotted some rocks which had been deposited

The river bank has been reinforced with concrete. Why do you think they did not just use earth?

image: flood defence

The flood defences are sloping walls rather than a vertical drop. Why do you think they those to defend the town from floodwater using this method?

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Key vocabulary

Depostion
When the speed of a river decreases it has less energy to carry its load, so it drops it (deposits it).

Sediment
The material that is carried by a river and then deposited.

 

 
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