Geography links for the week ending 15th February

*Find out which global and mega cities have grown and which are set to dominate in the next 30 years with this neat graphic

*Staying with the city theme, in Europe people are moving to the cities, either from the countryside or other parts of the continent. More here:


*Maps that changed the world. A nice collection from the BBC. You can’t call yourself a geographer if you don’t love maps ūüėČ

*The earth’s core is growing:


Year 13 – Links to the two articles on conservation

This is George Monbiot’s original article calling for radical changes to the way the land is managed in the Lake District. Read it in conjunction with his wider calls for ‘re-wilding’.

Then compare it with Rory Stewart, the Penrith and Borders MP, response defending the Lake District’s environment and culture.

Draw up a comparison table of the different perspectives to managing and conserving the Lake District. Think of the conservation approaches we have been discussing in class, such as protectionist or modern collaborative management.

For first Wednesday back.

Year 12 – Middlesbrough links to help with your report on why the town needs re-branding.

A map of the town’s outline showing the different wards:

Middlesbrough wardmap

  • ¬†Use the Illustreets website (type in Middlesbrough) to explore deprivation data including crime, education and employment profiles. Look at how the data varies across the town.
  • Middlesbrough Environment City is¬†an example of a charity in Middlesbrough that is trying to encourage residents to live a sustainable and healthy life.




Geography links for the week ending 8th February

*The USA is a superpower in every way, not least militarily. This is why:


*Lots of geography connections in a 5 minute clip.

*We study Mumbai and the Dhavari slums in year 12. This video shows how hip-hop is alive and well even in the most deprived parts of the city.

*The storms of winter 2013/14 really were ground breaking, in more than one way: 1,350 cubic meters of cliff face was eroded along a 300-meter stretch of coastline in just two weeks. 

Geography links for the week ending 1st February

* If you want to increase your territorial rights one option is being a volcanic coastal country.


* Imagine if it froze…. Niagara falls did

* Russia’s belligerence and aggression increases in eastern Ukraine; they’re behaving like it’s the cold war again….

* Closer to the UK a magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck the East Midlands near Rutland on Wednesday. This is how Private Eye reported the event:


Year 12 – East End London regeneration, Stratford links

To help with your research on whether the Olympics has been a successful regeneration project for Stratford:

Government Index of Multiple Deprivation map. Search for Stratford (postcode starts with E20) The area in question is around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park.

Zoopla gives you an idea of house prices. Again, search for Stratford. Remember to compare house prices with other London areas. They may look expensive to you but put the prices into context with the London housing market!

Year 13 – Two very relevant news articles today that are worth reading.

First, the recommendation¬†by a group of MPs who make up Parliament’s Environment Audit Committee that fracking is banned in the UK as it could have negative consequences for the UK’s climate change targets.

Second, Barack Obama wants to designate a significant amount of Alaska as a wilderness area. If approved this could make future fossil fuel exploration very unlikely.

Useful for cold environment AND the energy topic.

Year 13 – relevant article for the Middle East energy security issues we were discussing today

This article addresses both energy and geo-political concerns and suggests that the USA should rethink it’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Also An updated map of IS and air strikes against them:


Think of the synoptic links between energy access, control and wider geo poltical tensions around the world.

Year 12: Taster day opportunity, Christ’s College, Cambridge

There is an¬†opportunity for a small number of pupils to attend a Geography specific taster day at Christ’s College, Cambridge on¬†Tuesday 10th March:

‘Nominated students should be on track to achieve A*AA at A level in relevant subjects. Full information and on-line booking forms are available at

If you are considering studying Geography at University and Cambridge in particular please see Mr Mitchell or Mr Monteith for further details.

The closing date is Monday March 2nd.



Information, resources and links for A level and GCSE geographers at UVHS. Some of the content has been adapted from resources on the Edexcel Geography Ning and from Schoology – we are exceedingly grateful and hope this blog works to provide ideas and support for other Geography teachers as well as pupils.