Geography Field Trip
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Athboy CS Students on a GeographyField Trip, Kippure Co.Wicklow Pic 2Geography Field Trip

A group of 62 sixth year Geography students from Athboy Community School with teachers Mr. Magner, Miss Byrne, Mr O’Grady and Mr McHugh went to Kippure House Estate near Blessington in Co. Wicklow for a river field study last Thursday October 2nd.  The purpose of the field trip was to study the process of fluvial erosion and how it shapes the landscape.


In beautiful weather the group had an enjoyable, action-packed day gathering data in the Upper Course of Athdown Brook, a tributary of the Liffey as well as a lower course site on the Liffey itself. With the aid of the park rangers each student measured River Velocity and then did a River Channel Cross Section to see the effects of erosion on the shape of the river. The students also did field sketches at both sites to take note of the features, conditions and processes evident.


The group also measured Gradient and did a Bedload Analysis to analysis of the material being transported and the effect of attritional processes on the load.

They did a Valley Profile to see the effect of vertical and lateral erosion on the valley shape. They also observed features of erosion such as Meanders, Rapids, Undercut banks and river cliffs.


The students are now producing a report on the field trip which is worth 20% of their Leaving Certificate Geography examination.


Athboy CS Geography Student son a Field Trip in Kippure, Wicklow Pic 1

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