Saturday, 22 December 2007
Friday, 7 December 2007
I would also like you to investigate the following:
- nutrient cycling
- primary and secondary succession
These are things that we will be looking at properly later in the year, but that you will need to have some idea about for your skills paper... Let me know if there are problems with this!
I will try and put a summary of the statistics work on the blog over the weekend so that you can refer to that if you were finding some of that difficult.
Have a good weekend...
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
If you missed the programme, and didn't see Dr Iain Stewart abseiling into a lava lake, then it is repeated on Sunday at 6.oopm - make sure you are watching!! (You can also pre-order the DVD of the series from the BBC Shop... I wonder if Santa reads Geogtastic...)
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Weather warnings are in place for parts of the Midlands, Wales and southwest England. Have a look at the Met Office website to find out more and see what you make of the pressure charts.
- what the feature is
- how the feature forms
- how the feature develops/changes over time
- where the feature occurs (stage of the river, conditions, where in the world)
- a case study
Remember, there are lots and lots of ideas and teaching strategies that you can use - ask if you need some help. BUT copying and pasting into PowerPoint is a big no-no! (And reading out a PowerPoint is even worse!!)
As well as the textbooks, there are lots of websites that might be of use... Check out www.geographypages.co.uk and www.geographyatthemovies.co.uk as a starting point.
Make sure that you are ready on Wednesday, and let me know in advance if you need to use the flume, need anything photocopying, or need any special resources/equipment.
Thursday, 1 November 2007
Councillors in Brighton and Hove recently voted on a bag ban, asking shops to stop handing them out to customers, and the village of Modbury in Devon have been pleased with their bag ban trial and have just made the ban permanent.
Check out the BBC article to find out more - including 10 arguments FOR the plastic bag... And a great video of A Day in the Life of a Plastic Bag...
Here's a picture of the superb plastic bag collage that 8HCh (now 9NSq) produced last year...
Sunday, 28 October 2007
Don't forget - the competition is open to all SHS students, staff and parents... No theme - anything Geogtastic goes! (Don't know if I really want ten versions of a scree slope in Lathkilldale though...)
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Not very happy at all about the ridiculous amount of packaging it arrived with though...
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Have a look at this article from the BBC, and at the ONS website.
What are the causes of this increase? What will be the consequences? What will need to be done in order to cope?
Saturday, 20 October 2007
There is lots of really useful information about the benefits of studying geography, different geography courses, writing your application, taking a gap year - and plenty of career profiles to debunk the myth that the only thing you can do with a geography degree is be a geography teacher (not that that's not a great career choice, obviously!!).
Hard at work...
Sub-standard Sainsbury's satsumas...
Curbar... and blue sky!
Moments from disaster...
If you have any other good pictures that you'd care to share, email me them, or bring them in after half-term. And don't forget to enter any particularly good ones in the Geogtastic Photo Competition!!
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
However, in the meantime... The Peak District Education Service have some good factsheets on their website about various Peak District locations, geology, vegetation, etc.
Remember that we compared two valleys - Bar Brook, in the Dark Peak, and Lathkilldale in the White Peak. We talked about the landscapes of the two areas, the features and characteristics, the vegetation, the human activity, and how all of this links to the geology.
The rock type in the Dark Peak is millstone grit - a mineral sedimentary rock... And in the White Peak, limestone - an organic sedimentary rock (as we saw from the shells and fossils in the overhanging cliff near the beginning of our walk).
A virtual tour of Lathkill Dale (the SSSI!!) here... Might have been a better option for me!
Thank you again to all of you for fantastic behaviour/attitude and lots of hard work - and especially to Laura, Amy and Tom for looking after me!! See you on Friday (I hope!)
We talked about the fact that rivers have ENERGY, and as a result of variations in energy, they can ERODE, TRANSPORT and DEPOSIT material.
Processes of erosion:
- abrasion (corrasion)
- hydraulic power/action
We also mentioned VERTICAL, LATERAL and HEADWARD erosion.
Processes of transportation:
We then had a look at the Hjulstrom Curve - some nice bits about that here (don't forget to click Next Page and have a look at all the info on there).
Don't forget about COMPETENCE and CAPACITY as well, when you are thinking about a river's load.
And a nice game of Sink or Swim (thanks to Alan P of GeographyPages, GeographyJazz, Cultcha, etc. fame for the idea!)
Monday, 15 October 2007
We hear stories about the environment every day in the news... melting sea ice, carbon footprints, renewable energy, extreme weather events, resources running out, deforestation, animals becoming extinct, food miles, packaging, the list goes on... Many of the posts on Geogtastic have been about environmental issues and we're increasingly being told that we should be recycling, composting, walking to work/school, buying British food, switching off lights, etc.
So... over to you... Leave a comment about the environmental issues YOU'RE concerned about... ARE you concerned about the environment? Which issue worries you most? What do you to to help the environment? What else could you do??
Thursday, 11 October 2007
The third Geogtastic Photo Competition is open to all SHS students, parents and staff, and the closing date will be Friday 2nd November. Entries can be brought to me in the Hums Block on a CD or memory stick, or can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (make sure your name - and form if you are student - is included).
There is no theme this time, so anything goes, as long as it is geographical... Happy snapping!!
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
Click on the picture above to link to the blog that Dan and his students have started, and look at the evidence that they've come up with... The comments also make for interesting reading...
And then, come back here and prove to me that New Zealand exists!!
Or how about making up your own country... What factors would you need to consider? If you were going to create a website for your country, what would it need to include...
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
On Saturday, I will be visiting a number of places that I've taught about lots of times, but never managed to see for myself... Prize for the first SHS person to leave a comment telling me the names of the landmarks shown in the pictures... Bonus points for explanations of their formation!
In my absence, I would like you to work out the following key terms, and find some definitions for them...
snorieo; snatprotantio; postideion; snabriao; tintrioat; cladruyih rwoep; nolustio; latsniota; nortiact; punsesnsnio; greeny
Don't forget, also that you need to make sure that your presentation on the flooding in Africa is ready for Tuesday p1!
I also gave you back your write-ups of the infiltration practical we did... On the whole, not bad. There were some good, clear graphs, and some well-written aims/hypotheses. All of you need to work on your explanations of your findings - lots of you used your Analysis section to describe your graphs, but very few people actually explained the patterns that their graphs showed. It is also important that investigations are written in the third person, and that key geographical terms are used - your writing will sound far more professional and sophisticated than "I collected the equipment that I needed and then I went and chose a site and stuck the drainpipe into the ground....." and you will sound far more as though you know what you are talking about!!
A river regime basically shows variations in river discharge over time. We looked at the short-term, medium-term and long-term reasons why discharge might vary temporally (i.e. over time), for example, in the short term, glacial melt would cause an increase in river discharge.
We also thought about how river regimes might be expected to vary spatially (from one place to another), largely as a result of variations in climate. You compared 4 different river regimes - a river fed by a Canadian glacier, a river in Portugal, the River Thames, and the River Congo.
There's a very good set of notes on the Wycombe High School site about River Regimes... well worth you having a look!
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
We also had a quick look at factors that affect the shapes of hydrographs - e.g. geology, antecedent weather conditions, drainage basin size/shape, vegetation, relief, drainage density, etc. Make sure you can talk about each of these factors, and that you understand how each one would affect the shape of the hydrograph.
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
Sunday, 16 September 2007
What did they do well?? What needs work?? (Be gentle, bearing in mind that they had about 5 minutes to do this...)
And for the audio learners amongst you, check out The Water Cycle Song and other musical masterpieces!
Friday, 14 September 2007
First, we thought about the factors that we thought might affect rates of infiltration - they included:
- vegetation cover
- the compactness of the soil
- antecedent weather conditions
- current levels of soil moisture
- the intensity and duration of the rainfall event
You then decided how you would measure infiltration rates, and formulated your hypotheses.
You should now have a complete set of results for your group and the next thing is to write up your investigation.... Remember:
Aim - what you are trying to find out.
Hypotheses - predictions about what you think you will find. Make sure these are specific.
Method - describe what you did. This should be clear and concise, with enough detail that someone else could go out and replicate your experiment. (It shouldn't, however, be written as a set of instructions!)
Results/Data Presentation - in this case, this will be your graphs. Precisely what you are plotting will vary slightly depending on how you measured your infiltration rates. However, they should show clearly how the infiltration rate at each site changed over time.
Analysis - what do your results show? Start with general patterns and trends, and then explain in more detail. Do your results show what you expected to find? Are there any surprising results/anomalies? If so, can you explain them?
Conclusion - return to your aims and hypotheses, and sum up what you've found out.
Evaluation - how successful was your investigation? Are there things you could improve if you were to repeat the investigation? How could you extend/develop the investigation?
As I said this afternoon, the experiment we did was by no means perfect - the main aims were to get you thinking a bit, working in groups and developing some skills, and getting used to the idea of writing up a geographical investigation.
Whilst I am expecting a decent piece of work from everyone, I am not expecting pages and pages - it should be clear and concise!
Your completed work is due in on WEDNESDAY. Don't forget to come and see me or email if you have problems - don't turn up without the work!!
Thursday, 13 September 2007
You will need to know:
- key hydrological cycle terms (precipitation, evapotranspiration, surface run-off/overland flow, throughflow, groundwater flow, water table, baseflow, interception, stemflow, river discharge)
- concept of a system (closed and open... inputs, outputs, stores and flows)
- factors affecting the key processes we've talked about (eg infiltration rates varying according to amount of vegetation, etc.)
- water balance equation
- actual and potential evapotranspiration - differences between them and factors that affect them
- soil moisture budgets
Remember to keep your glossary of key words going as we go along... And don't forget the ideas for learning key words and ideas that we talked about on Tuesday - mind maps, post-its, etc.
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
Sunday, 9 September 2007
I also mentioned Geography Review - a magazine written specifically for AS and A2 Geography students, with articles about key topics, fieldwork, exams advice, useful websites, etc. It is published 4 times a year, and if you order through school it will cost you £12.50 for the year.I have a fair few copies that you have have a look at (including from when I did my A levels!) and we will sort out an order next week.
The book I mentioned was the Complete A-Z Geography Handbook. There is no obligation to buy this, or any other book, but if you do want to get hold of a copy, there are a few second-hand ones on Amazon at the moment and a couple of copies on that well-known auction site!
We looked at the concept of a system - you need to know the difference between a closed system and an open system. (The global hydrological cycle is a closed system, the drainiage basin cycle an open system.) Make sure you know what inputs, outputs, stores and flows/transfers are.
The Wycombe High School Geography Department have an excellent set of notes - they don't do the same specification as us, so not everything there will be relevant to you, but it is worth you having a look at the Drainage Basins as Systems and The Hydrological Cycle notes. The Drainage Basins one has a quick test for you to do to check all those key words!
Remember, there are lots of key words to learn - you are much better off learning them as you go along, rather than panicking in summer!