6 May 2011

Geography Fieldwork Session at Ramla Bay

by: Francesca Sillato (3 Sempreviva)

During the Geography Fieldwork in Ramla

It was an extraordinary and amazing day at Ramla. Together with my classmates and geography teacher, Ms. Ramona Mercieca,  we went to visit the beautiful sandy beach at Ramla to learn in real life the theories of coastal processes and landforms learnt in class.  When we arrived at Ramla commonly referred as ‘Ramla l-hamra’ , the weather was mostly cloudy with a light breeze. The bay was deserted since it was still early in the morning. Our geography teacher gave us some handouts to help us understand more about what she was going to explain and discuss.

Ramla bay is situated between two headlands: Xaghra on the western side and on the other side Nadur. These two headlands consist of different layers of rock (ex. Upper coralline limestone, greensands, blue clay and globigerina limestone). The waves were very low and these also brought up many jellyfish on the shore. We also saw and studied the sand dunes at Ramla. Sand dunes are small ridges or hills of sand found at the top of a beach, above the usual maximum reach of the waves. There also grows numerous of vegetation so we must take good care of them and protect these sand dunes.

To make our visit more interesting our teacher prepared an activity. We did a transect from the water’s edge up to the sand dunes. We recorded the types of shingles, sand grain size and vegetation observed along the transect.

At noon we had some free time to enjoy ourselves at this bay. We also had the opportunity to feel the sea although it was freezing cold and before we went back to school we had an ice-cream.

It was a memorable experience at Ramla bay. I really enjoyed it and had fun and I learned a lot of information about Ramla Bay too. We mustn’t take everything for granted but we must appreciate our beautiful and lovely beaches we have in Gozo and also protect them. At last but no least I would like to thank my geography teacher for organizing these visits to help us learn in an interesting way!

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