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As the River Severn nears the sea, the floodplain is wide and there is little high ground to build on. People have built on the floodplain since Victorian times and flooding is a constant threat. The Severn ends in a wide estuary which has a high tidal range. Mudflats are found here. The deep estuary is ideal for industry as large boats can navigate easily and the flat land at the side is cheap and plentiful.
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World Physical
First broadcast:
21 February 2008

Classroom Ideas

Can be used to answer a GCSE style question regarding the role of an estuary in providing opportunities for the development of industry in the UK. Changes in the type of industry over time can be analysed too, focusing on the impact of globalisation on the decline and rise of certain industry types.

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