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A description of the landforms and land use in the lower course of the River Tay, Scotland. In its lower course, a river is wider, deeper and has larger meanders. By this stage a river may develop other features such as islands, deltas, oxbow lakes and braids. The Tay has a short lower course and the floodplain has been heavily built upon. Perth's North Newton estate suffered badly in the 1993 floods. Perth's docks are an important source of income for the city. The river must be constantly dredged so it remains navigable.
This clip is from:
Bitesize: Geography
First broadcast:
16 March 2007

Classroom Ideas

This clip can be used as a case study of physical features created by erosion and deposition as well as the human uses of the lower course of a river. Students can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of building (both residential and industrial) near the lower courses of a river. Students can draw diagrams of the physical and human features of the lower course of a river. It could be used as a way of students testing their understanding of these processes by adding their own audio to the visuals.