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CLIP 3080

Glacial drift, boulder clay and outwash

Glacial drift, boulder clay and outwash
Key Info
  • Glacial drift, boulder clay and outwash
  • Duration: 04:01
  • Glaciation affected lowland areas as well as the mountains. As temperatures increased the ice melted and deposited drift in the form of boulder clay and outwash. Both types of drift deposits can be found in Norfolk. Where boulder clay was deposited the soil is good and the land is perfect for farming. Where outwash was deposited, acidic heathland vegetation with thin soils is found. These contrasting landscapes can be found side by side.
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  • Keywords: lowlands, ice age, glaciation, boulder clay, outwash, Norfolk, geologist, farming, soil, heathland
Ideas for use in class
  • This clip would be useful when studying glacial drift and its effects on the present day landscape. Two contrasting areas in Norfolk are used to illustrate the differences.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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