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Coastal Landforms

Discussion in 'Geography' started by ogerafred, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. ogerafred

    ogerafred New commenter

    Which is efficient way of teaching Coastal erosion features....
     
  2. SkernLodge

    SkernLodge New commenter

    Hi, a practical technique that I use with students on fieldwork visits is to arrange them in a shoulder-to-shoulder line to create a newly-exposed coastline and then assign different sections of students a different type of rock (e.g sandstone, shale, etc). I explain that the coastline will be eroded by processes (me!), and that certain types of rock will react differently. Along with assigning groupings of students a particular rock type, I also ask them to remember how many backwards steps to take when I say the word 'erosion' - soft rocks take two steps back, hard rocks one step. After playing out a few thousand years of 'erosion', students have backstep enough to have formed a discordant coast as a result of differential erosion - complete with headlands of hard rock and bays of soft. This practical demonstration goes down well with younger and older years alike, especially when out at a coastal environment where you can then relate observable landmarks to student positioning (e.g "Lucy and James, as the Hartland headland you have a lighthouse balancing on heads. Jacob, David, and Jess, as a sandy Westward Ho! bay you are covered in holidaymakers enjoying ice cream!").
     

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