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The River Rhine Case Study

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The River Rhine Case Study

The River Rhine rises in the Swiss Alps about 3,353 metres above sea
level and flows north, passing through or bordering Switzerland,
Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France, and the Netherlands and then
its mouth is located at the North Sea. The Rhine is usually at its
maximum volume during the seasons of spring and summer; this is due to
the fact that there is the melted water of snow and glaciers. In this
enquiry I am looking at the aspect of river flooding in the Rhine,
particularly in 1995. A river flood is when a river spills its banks
onto areas of land surrounding it that are not usually covered by
water.

Causes

The main causes for river flooding are:

S Heavy rainfall - causes soil to become saturated and not allow
infiltration.

S Rapidly melting snow

S Dam bursts

S Soil saturation - this may cause a river to flood as the water would
not be able to infiltrate the soil and so will encourage overland
flow.

S Deforestation - this may cause flooding as there ...


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... in the Rhine basin which increase absorption of
rainwater such as contour ploughing and increasing the area of gardens
and parks in urban areas.

S Flood retention basins could be built, these are areas of land
surrounded by dykes in which flood water is directed into to reduce
the river's water level. When the flood is gone the water from the
basin is slowly transferred back into the channel.

S Allow the river to flow back through marshland areas which had been
previously sealed off for navigation purposes

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