Geology Site Account
River Ter SSSI, GREAT LEIGHS, Chelmsford District, TL744155, Site of Special Scientific Interest
Site name: River Ter SSSI
Grid reference: TL 744 155 to TL 733 157
Brief description of site:
This reach of the River Ter is representative of a lowland stream with a distinctive flood regime. It is flashy, draining a low-lying catchment on glacial till, and has a very low base flow discharge but high flood peaks; daily, monthly and annual flow variability are also high.
In addition the site demonstrates characteristic features of a lowland stream including pool-riffle sequences, bank erosion, bedload transport and dimensional adjustments to flooding frequency.
(text taken from the SSSI citation).
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