On the morning of Thursday 11th September, we were all ready with our backpacks and everything we would need to complete our Geography Fieldwork at Miao Liang.
When we arrived we saw the Miyun Resevoir- man made, supplying water to our taps in our houses. We trekked through the meander- where we saw biological weathering, floodplains, rapids and many other features. We also hiked up, to take measurement of different features of a river in the upper course, like the gradient, velocity, channel depth and width.
We persevered through the rain all day, from almost falling into the river to having paper soaked while trying to take the measurements. We were able to get good results and also have a great time.
Late afternoon, we eventually took a small boat over the middle course of the river to walk up to the yurts where we stayed the night. We had good food up in the mountains, but it was raining all night long, usually you would be able to see many stars. We wrote up our fieldwork and our results were pretty good! It's essential to go out and do this fieldwork so you can see how to use all the equipment and you get to see how the river changes downstream. You also see the different impacts such as flooding and when you learn about the river more in class, it is much easier for you to understand what is going on as you have experienced it.
We all had a lot of fun with our friends and learning about rivers, it's a memory we will always remember! After all, we all agreed that we won't look at a river the same way as we did before this trip!
Update from: Laetitia Kriek, Year 11 student