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Contents
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4 The Water Cycle
5 The Drainage Basin System
7 River Flooding
12 River Profiles
14 River Characteristics
15 River Processes
16 River Features
20 UK Water Supply
21 Glossary
24 Summary
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The Water Cycle
A.K.A. The Hydrological Cycle
Closed System
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The Drainage Basin System
The Drainage Basin is the area drained by
a river and its tributaries.
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The Drainage Basin System (2)
Open System
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River Flooding
Why do rivers flood?
More Likely To Flood: Less Likely To Flood:
Impermeable Rock Permeable Rock/Soil
Steep Valley Slopes Gentle Valley Slopes
Urbanisation Countryside
Little Vegetation Plenty of Vegetation
Small Drainage Basin Large Drainage Basin
No Dam Across River Dammed River
Sudden & Heavy Gentle Shower
Thunderstorm
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