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Land use of river landscapes

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It is not unusual in General, and fairly common in Credit exams to be asked about the land use of river landscapes, These are not 'trick' questions. They are meant to find out if you can go beyond recognising and explaining features to put them in a human context. In this case you need to know the sorts of uses the different landscapes are put to, and why these are suitable uses. This often has to do with the features and how they were formed. So these questions test all of your knowledge and understanding of rivers and river landscapes.

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water cascading over a waterfall

 

 

Here are the main land uses along with some of the reasons for their suitability.

  • Tourism - sightseeing, gorge walking. Waterfalls and ravines can be spectacular. Angling - good source of income for landowners, especially in salmon rivers.
  • Farming - sheep, deer. Poor soils, steep slopes and poor weather limit farming.
  • Forestry - poor soils, steep slopes and poor weather may make forestry more economical than farming.
  • Reservoirs - high rainfall provides water for towns lower down. 'V' shaped valleys are fairly easy to dam and provide deep reservoirs.
  • Hydro Electric Power (HEP) - high rainfall, steep slopes provide fast flowing water.
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Fairground

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Video clip about land use by the River Severn

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Tractor

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Video clip about land use in the Somerset flood plains

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A water dam

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Clip about a dam built across a river in south Africa

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