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  • 1. Coasts – Human Activities Aim: To find out why it is so important for humans to protect the coastline.
  • 2. Popular UK Coastal Destinations Task A) Brainstorm the names of ten popular coastal destinations in the UK.
  • 3. Look at the following pictures of popular coastal destinations in the UK. What do you notice?
  • 4. Brighton Groynes Longshore Drift in action
  • 5. Bournemouth
    • Remember this one for later on….
    Groynes to Prevent beach loss Click picture for short video on Bournemouth and coastal protection 3.15
  • 6. Blackpool Sea walls built to stop sea advancing
  • 7. Scarborough
  • 8. Llandudno Concrete groyne Sea wall built to Stop town from flooding
  • 9. How can coasts be managed?
    • There are two reasons why councils spend so much cash on protecting the coastline in certain areas…
    • First – To keep the sea out and protect homes and businesses
    • Secondly – To keep the beach there to maintain the tourist trade.
  • 10. To keep the sea out ….. Build a sea wall to deflect the power of the waves away from the seafront. However - Lots of maintenance needed and they are expensive to build. The Catch - Councils will only pay for them if there are many people and much property to defend.
  • 11. Picture of sea wall
  • 12. Area not protected and deemed unworthy of saving.
  • 13. To keep the beach there …
    • Groynes and breakwaters are constructed at right angles to the beach
    • These trap sediment and stop longshore drift.
    • They also protect the beach from powerful storm waves – stopping erosion of beach material and cliffs.
  • 14. Breakwater
  • 15. Neighbours from hell … (not quite, but equally as annoying)
    • By implementing coastal management methods, you transfer your problem and multiply it for your neighbours further down the coast.
    • Task: With the aid of diagrams, explain how building groynes and breakwaters will cause a problem for others. (Read bottom paragraph – p.68 UG)
  • 16. The neighbours from hell - Bournemouth
  • 17. The Victims Barton on Sea – Just down the coast Click on picture for short video about Barton on Sea
  • 18. Case studies
    • Barton on Sea (Page 76 UGG + Page 240 FWW)
    • Where is it/what is happening?
    • Copy Figure 3 to show protection methods
    • How much has been spent? Was it worth it?
    • Holbeck Hall Hotel, Scarborough 1993
    • (FWW Page 249 + UGG Page 75)
    • Copy the 3 diagrams
    • Describe what happened