River Tees Drainage Baisin Essay

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River Tees Drainage Baisin

The river Tees flows from the Pennines in Cumbria, northwest England,
to the North Sea via Tees Bay. Its length is 130 km / 80 miles. Its
port, Teesport, handles in excess of 42 million tonnes of water per
year. Its main tributaries are the Lune, Balder, and Greta.
There are many factors affecting the drainage baiins of the River
Tees, many of these are human factors.

Water Barrage and Watersports: Much of the water nearing the sea is
polluted with industrial waste, sewage, and chemicals. The Tees
Barrage, which opened in 1995, enables a 16 km / 10 mile stretch of
the river to provide clean, non-tidal water. The barrage was built to
improve the river's watersports
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There are several
reservoirs in the river basin used to store water to be used for later
use. The reservoirs also helps in flood control. Water levels can rise
very quickly following a rain storm. Storing water in the reservoir
reduces flooding in the lower course.

Farming and Irigation Water: A major land uses in the upper Tees is
rough grazing for sheep. The land is too steep to use machinery, the
growing season too short and the soils too thin and acidic For growing
crops and so not much water is needed for irigation in comparison to
the River Severn. Only where the land is less steep is the pasture
improved by fertilizers, the occasional crop is grown, requiring some
irigation water from the Tees.

Hydro Electric power: There are no power plants along the Tees.

There are also many natural factors affecting the hydrology of the
River Tees drainage basin, these include:

Geology: There is a succession of falls, where the river traverses a
hard series of black basaltic rocks, the water flows fast her due to
the steep down slope, the impermiable smooth rocks also allow fast
flow and no infiltration, and so at times of heavy percipitation the
water level at these points in the river will rise sharply and the
power and speed of the river will increase. At flatter areas of these
basaltic rocks the river can flood easily.…

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