River Camel

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Outline map of the River Camel and its tributaries

The River Camel is a river in Cornwall, UK. It rises on the edge of Bodmin Moor and together with its tributaries drains a considerable part of North Cornwall. The river issues into the Atlantic Ocean having covered a distance of approximately 30 miles. The river is tidal as far upstream as Egloshayle and is popular for sailing, birdwatching and fishing.

Geology[change | edit source]

The River Camel rises on the edge of Bodmin Moor, an area which forms part of the granite spine of Cornwall. The river's course is then through upper and middle Devonian rocks, predominantly slates.[1] The only active quarry in the River Camel catchment area is Delabole Quarry.[2] There are some disused mines for a variety of metals in the area. The catchment area of the River Camel covers a total of 413 km² on the western side of Bodmin Moor, and is mainly Devonian slates and granite,[3] with some shales and sandstones.

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Killas". Cornwall Regionally Important Geological/Geomorphological Sites Group. http://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/rigs/killas.php. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
  2. "BGS GeoIndex". British Geological Survey. http://www.bgs.ac.uk/GeoIndex/index.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  3. "Camel at Denby". Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. http://www.nwl.ac.uk/ih/nrfa/webdata/049001/g.html. Retrieved 2008-08-14.