Geography links for the week ending 18th January

  • It looks like country that puts the I in the MINTs (Indonesia) is currently on course to grow and develop over the next few years if their current President keeps on reforming.
  • If the UK wants to avoid oil and gas price hikes in the future we need to recognise the importance of wind…. From the organisation that promotes wind power….

Geography links week ending 11th January

– Oil prices are STILL falling. Here is an explanation of why, how will it affect you? If the graph below is correct, has the link between economic growth and oil consumption been severed?


– Anti immigration support isn’t just limited to UKIP in the UK, a right wing German group is also gaining support.

2014 was the warmest year on record for the UK, and the warmest going back to records from 1619.

– If we are to avoid significant climate change we are going to have to leave a lot of oil and gas in the ground and not burn it

Year 12 – BBC programme on wealth inequality

We are looking at the positives and negatives of the many facets of globalisation this week.

I would strongly suggest that you take an hour out sometime this week to watch the BBC programme ‘The super rich and us’

It touches on many of the arguments we have already looked at regarding inequality, such as how the wealth of the top 1% has increased significantly whilst the remaining 99% have seen a decline in wealth. It focuses on the UK and London in particular.

*Year 13 Christmas homework*

As promised

This includes you Josh!

Your two essay questions and the resource:

June 2013 questions


Second task!

You need to complete the two case studies that you started in class on:

1.Trans Alaskan gas pipeline

2.Middle Eastern Supplies

What to include:

  • Location maps of energy sources
  • Supply pathways
  • How the infrastructure has developed
  • Key facts – how much they transport per year and to who
  • Have there been any political issues? – switching off gas supplies, war
  • What have been the impacts of the above? – prices, economy, political relationships

Use the notes from Mr Mitchell’s management unit 4 course to help with Trans Alaska pipeline as well as the FT article I gave you on energy insecurity and governance issues in the Arctic.


The article on the Middle East that will help your second case study can be found in the Google Drive link here. It is from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.



Geography links for the week ending…. 14th December

* 2014 is shaping up to be the warmest year, around the world and the UK, on record. It was also very wet for the UK. Here is the climate detail from the Met Office that you need to know. The graph below is from the article link above. Note the number of years from the 21st Century that make the top ten hottest years on record.

met office 2014

*The UK was hit by a ‘weather bomb’ or explosive cyclogenesis to give it its full name. It’s basically a strong storm.

*I bang on about this every week, but for Year 13 it’s particularly relevant: Why the price of oil is falling . This is a useful link for your OPEC homework!

*Video of the week: skiing, base jumping and an avalanche thrown in for good measure.

Year 12 – Los Angeles mega city case study

For Tuesday, 16th December:

  • BRIEF history of Los Angeles development as a global city.
  • REASONS for development – Economic, political, physical (location)?
  • Brief outline of current and past development data e.g population growth, average wages, life expectancy. Inequality data?
  • PULL factors to LA from USA and rest of the world.

Consider, also, the push factors away from the city to the suburbs and smaller surrounding towns:

pull factors LA

Useful links:

Why LA is a global city

Details on quality of life, economic development and crime statistics in LA.

One residents view of life in LA

Use the Mumbai case study you completed in class as a guide.

Geography links for the week ending…. 7th December

  • Geography geek photos of the week: Year 13, name the process evident in the photos below; they were taken on Red Screes in the Lake District at the weekend. The processes are often found in periglacial environments on a larger scale.



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.