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.



Year 12 *must watch* Channel 4 News report: migrants looking to Europe as a safe haven from conflicts.

This is a powerful, and emotional account of 4 survivors from a ship wreck in September who were part of an original group of 500 migrants trying to enter Europe from the Middle East by boat to escape war and persecution. 11 survived.


The report is 15 minutes long and provides a real insight into what drives people to make such a hazardous journey. It also provides a human element to individuals who we often refer to as simply ‘illegal’ migrants.

A very useful clip for the migration section of the globalisation module. The news report is called ‘Dying to get here’ and was aired on the evening edition of Channel 4 News on the 2nd December.

Year 13 – Period 6, Wednesday 3rd December. Work to complete.

I mentioned in Mr Mitchell’s class that I will not be in for Wednesday’s lesson. In my absence:

This is the link to the UVHS Google Drive site which includes a Powerpoint on Energy Geopolitics and an Economist article on the link between Europe and Russia’s energy security.

I will go through the PPT in detail on Friday. But have a look through it and familiarize yourself with the details and maps. Some of the graphs/maps could be updated with more recent data. Can you find anything more recent?

Then read through the Economist article and answer the following questions. Bring these with you on Friday!

1. How is Europe vulnerable to any change to Russia’s supply of gas to the Ukraine?

2. Download the map above. Describe which countries are linked to Russia through existing pipelines. Using information from page 2, outline how many countries in Eastern Europe are dependent on this complicated gas connectivity.

3. What alternative countries or regions could Europe import gas from to by-pass Russia? (pages 3-4)

4. Could shale gas be exported from the USA to bolster Europe’s energy supply? (page 5)

5. In what ways could Europe and the USA use gas as ‘leverage’ against Russian aggression and use the natural resource as a geopolitical weapon against the country? (pages 6-7)

Geography links for the week ending…… 30th November

*An Economist opinion piece on the damage immigration restrictions could be doing to the UK’s reputation with highly skilled Indian migrants.

*Migration TO the UK increased to 260,000 in the year to June. The Prime Minister wanted to keep the figure below 100,000 by 2015, this could prove difficult.

*The price of oil keeps on falling. The reason? Well globalization is partly to blame. Useful article for year 13!

*Turns out that they kept the undamaged reactors in Chernobyl running well into the 90’s , but as this video shows it is going to take a long time to make safe reactor number 4 which exploded in 1986.

Year 13 – more articles for your report

The Economist on how North America’s energy revolution in shale oil and gas will impact emerging and developed economies in Asia.

Compare the previous article with this one from Foreign Policy. Same topic, but there is a far more pessimistic outlook that focuses on the impact of having too much LNG.

This article identifies the energy demand of the G20 countries and projected increases. The focus is on the projected growth of energy demand in emerging economies. Good links to the globalisation and superpowers topics. It’s a two page Pdf doc.

Year 13 – Energy research project

Details of the research task to be completed and handed in on Wednesday 26th November.

Using the sources in your pack and from your own independent research produce a report to illustrate the following:

Demand for energy is growing globally, and at regional and local scales, especially in developed and emergent economies such as India and China.

All data, information etc must be cited and you must use a variety of sources ranging from TV, news articles, web sites, magazines. Include infographics and graphs of energy use in your report.


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Some websites to get you started:

Email me any other useful nuggets of energy you find and I will share them on the blog

Mr Monteith

Geography links for the week ending……. 16th November

  • How much is the average UK household spending on essentials and luxurious? Are we getting richer or poorer? This infographic from the Office for National Statistics reveals all.


  • The G20, one of the major global groups that brings developed and emerging economies together, met  in Australia last weekend. Russia aggression and climate change was on the menu.

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.