On Friday 2nd October 2015, all of Ms. Moran’s Sixth Year Geography classes went on our Fieldwork Trip. We went to our local beach in Portmarnock to study the different processes that exist in a coastal environment, such as Longshore Drift, Deposition and Erosion.
We had two tasks to complete. The first was a Wave Survey. This involved us finding out the direction of Longshore Drift by watching how an orange moved in the sea and also identifying the type of waves that were present on the day. This would tell us if the waves were depositing or eroding. The second task was a Beach Survey. In this task we identified and measured the different slopes on the beach along with analysing the size and roundness of the various materials on the beach. This would tell us about erosion and deposition.
It was a fun day out on the beach in the sunshine and we got some really good results that we can use to complete our Leaving Certificate Geographical Investigation work. (More images in the Flickr stream).