Monthly Archives: October 2012

Zakynthos Qs

Have a look at our 2 other questionnaires 1)for the marine park authority (about turtles and sand dunes) and 2)to use to ask locals about changes in Zakynthos town over time.  Well done for your good group work in class to produce these:

Marine Park Turtles and Sand dunes Zakynthos

Zakynthos town



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Hurricane/’Frankenstorm’ Sandy hits USA in our mid term break

It may be mid term but I hope you are following the great Geography that is happening right now!  Hurricane Sandy has been causing havoc in the US (although downgraded to a storm later rather than a hurricane):

  • At least 15 people dead, including one in Canada
  • 1m ordered to leave their homes
  • 50m people estimated to be affected, with 6m left without power
  • 800-mile (1,290 km) stretch of the US affected
  • 10,000 flights reported grounded globally on Monday and Tuesday
  • Manhattan hit by record storm surge of 13.7ft (4.15m) on Tuesday morning

Check out more here:

Events mapped –

Hurricane Sandy the hidden costs (excellent):

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Trip reminder

Remember that the permission slip and money for the trip was due in for our trip today (Tuesday) and I checked as I was leaving school and not everyone has done so yet.  Can you sort this out by the time I get back to school on Friday?!?  Have a good two days………think of me on the ski slope tomorrow if it is raining 🙂

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Work for this week (Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10)

1.  Produce a factfile called “The Philippines: Multiple Hazard Zone”

Include the subheadings: a)Introduction b) Volcanoes (including eruption of Mt Pintatubo in 1991) c) Earthquakes d)Tsunamis e)Typhoons f) Storms g)Floods h)Landslides (including Guinsaugon 2006) i)Droughts j)Wild fires

Info can be gained from: Oxford textbook ‘Philippines’ photocopy, Geofile Philippines sheet, p 38 Philip Allan, p33-34 Pearson and Powerpoint ‘World at Risk 5’ from class.



a) ESSAY: Outline the sources of evidence for long-term climate change (10 marks)

•To get full marks you need to outline (describe and explain) a number of sources of evidence for long-term climate change, e.g. Ice cores, pollen analysis and indicators of sea-level change
•Structure the answer to have an introduction, then separate sections outlining each of the sources of evidence and finish with a conclusion
•In your introduction, define the key terms of the question such as ‘climate change’ and ‘long-term’, e.g. ‘Climate change is any significant change in the weather of a region over a period of at least several decades.’
•For each source of evidence describe it and then explain how it’s used to determine past climate change, e.g. Scientists can drill deep into ice sheets (huge masses of ice) to extract cores of ice. When the ice was formed, gases were trapped inside it. Scientists can analyse these gases to tell what the temperature was when the ice was formed.
b)  p 51 Philip Allan Review Qs 1-4

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Turtle qs for Archelon

Well George emailed the Qs that his group had prepared for Archelon on 9th November.  Then I tweaked it a bit.

What do you think of this?

Questionnaire about Turtle Conservation




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Southampton water/Solent and Dibden HW


Referring to a stretch of coast that you have studied, explain how and why some coasts are under threat from economic development. (10 marks)

Here is the mark scheme :

Level Mark Description
Level 1 1-4 Describes some threats

Lacks structure/limited use geographical terminology.

Limited or no reference to any examples.  Considerable errors in language

Level 2 5-7 Some threats identified to support ideas about being under threat, with some explanation

Some structure

Likely to be unbalanced

There are some written language errors

Level 3 8-10 A clear, exemplified explanation of how and why coast is under threat from economic development.

Well structured and balanced response which uses examples effectively.

Written language errors are rare.

Due in Tuesday 23rd October!

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Video of Coriolis effect at equator

Which way does water spin at the equator?  How is it different in the northern and southern hemispheres?  This is linked to the spin of hurricanes!!!!!  Watch……

ps I have been here whilst on a Uni field trip in Kenya and did exactly this experiment!

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