Anthropogenic waste along the River Cray

Young, Michael O. (2007) Anthropogenic waste along the River Cray. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The River Cray is an urban river that begins in the Priory Garden Ponds in Orpington, Kent. It flows through various towns and villages until it reaches the Crayford marshes just outside of Crayford and joins the River Darent before going out to the Thames. In recent years there has been thought to have been an apparent increase in the amount of anthropogenic waste in the river, from general litter such as crisp packets and sweet wrappers, through to larger items of rubbish perhaps due to fly-tipping, such as car parts and pieces of furniture. This study aims to find out what the distribution of this anthropogenic waste is like and whether or not its density and distribution is directly influenced by the type of landuse surrounding the river channel, such as Industrialisation, Urbanisation and Rural/Agriculture. The study also looks briefly at the heavy metal aspect of the river water to see if the landuse affects this too. Various features are also tested to see if they affect the distribution of anthropogenic waste, for example bridges, inlet pipes and tributaries entering the River Cray. This is carried out by the use of three main study areas showing good contrast between each. These contrasts are then able to provide a good set of results and comparisons in order to prove whether there is in fact a problem with anthropogenic waste in the River Cray.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/366

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