Category Archives: Biodiversity

U6 Synoptic Update……..

There are lots more articles and links to videos on the Unit 3 synoptic section of the blog.  Try to do as much as possible by Monday!



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U6- Biodiversity viewing (that will fascinate you!)

This is the trailer for the documentary about the possible problem of keeping Orca whales in captivity (like at Sea World in Florida)

I love Louis Theroux’s reporting style. Here he goes to meet people who go hunting for fun in parks in S Africa (it may shock you somewhat what you see!)

These two are about stopping poaching. The first is in S Africa:

And this is filmed in Botswana, Mozambique and Tanzania:

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U6 – Biodiversity management debate on Tuesday

On Tuesday we will be having a debate entitled – ‘The ‘hotspot’ approach is the solution to conserve the biodiversity on earth’

Proposition- Define hotspot, marine, land – examples from your notes, why conserve these areas with the greatest biodiversity on earth, why is this approach better than all others?

hotspot casestudy info

Opposition-  Problems of ‘hotspot approach’, benefit of looking at other forms of conservation like sustainable yields, biosphere reserves, conservation through gene/seed banks, zoos, breeding programs, WWF’s broader approach etc – biosphere reserves – zoos, seeds, aquaria

Both groups will find these useful:

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U6th – Hotspots viewing



(and watch the other parts!)

(and watch the other parts!)

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Work for Tuesday and Wednesday this week – (Arachova IGCSE field trip)

Lower Sixth AS

For both double lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday please complete the following 2 past questions in detail with examples and watch the documentaries.  They will be handed in during the lesson on Friday:

 a)  Explain why some places have a high level of landslide and avalanche hazard risk (10)  May 2010

b)  Explain why the economic losses caused by natural hazards have generally risen over time whereas the number of lives lost has fallen (15)  May 2010

Watch the following two documentaries and write notes:

National Geographic Killer Hurricanes

Is our weather getting worse ?

Upper Sixth A2

For both double lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday please complete the following work in detail.  It will be handed in during the lesson on Thursday (along with your work from the mid-term break):


Read p 66-73 Phillip Allan (yes Philippos Allanis, Max!) and answer the following Qs in detail:

1.  Define:  diversity, genetic diversity, species diversity, ecosystem diversity

2.  What are the factors that influence biodiversity on a i) global/continental scale, ii)regional scale and iii) local scale?

3.  How can humans cause change to biodiversity i)directly and ii) indirectly.

4.  Describe the global distribution of biodiversity.

5.  What is a biodiversity hotspot and what are the three categories of biodiversity hotspot (explain each)


Read the case study on ‘biodiversity in ANWR’ p 94-99 Oxford.  Write detailed notes (I know that you already have quite a lot of knowledge from the energy topic!).


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U6th – Shell pipeline burst and 11,000 Niger fishermen await compensation

Niger delta communities devastated by giant oil spills from rusting Shell pipelines have unanimously rejected a compensation offer from the company, calling it an insult, and cruel and derisory.

A court in London is now likely to decide how much the Anglo-Dutch firm should pay 11,000 fishermen and others from the Bodo community who lost their livelihoods when the 50-year-old Shell-operated trans-Niger pipeline burst twice within a few months in 2008.

Read more by clicking the photo

Niger oil spill

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