Land Use Changes In The River Tees Drainage Basin

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Land Use Changes in the River Tees Drainage Basin The River Tees is located in the North of England, between North Yorkshire and Durham. Its source is located on the eastern slope of Cross Fell, one of the highest hills in the Northern Pennines at 893 metres (2930 feet). It then continues for about 85 miles (137 kilometres) before reaching Tees Bay in the North Sea just south of Hartlepool. The River Tees starts off in Cumbria as a series of small trickles, exuding out of the wet moorland on the eastern side of Cross Fell. The trickles join up to form a small stream, thin, rocky and turbulent. This energy causes the land to be shaped into gorges, cliffs and fast rapids. The river at this stage is no more than 50cm wide. On either sides of the river are steep V-shaped valleys, cut away from the land after years of constant erosion from the flowing water. The water is on a downward gradient and is constantly supplied by the 1200mm of rainfall it gets each year. On either side of the river at this stage are steep slopes that are mainly used as grazing land for sheep. There are also a few reservoirs which help supply water to other places further south. Not many plants can grow around the river, but you do find some coniferous plants and occasionally coniferous plantations. There are lots of walking routes around the river Tees one of them being of the Pennine way the long distance walking route within the Pennines. This passes the river Tees in its upper course. The area around the river in the upper course is mainly uninhabitable because of the difficult terrain and sloping valleys which makes building settlements very difficult. There are a few villages but the main reason people live by the upper course of the river Tees is for the farmland. The land is used mainly for sheep grazing because the terrain is too hilly for arable farming and too unstable for

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