Here are your geography links for the week ending…. 5th October

The new addition to the Monteith household meant I missed Sunday’s geography links deadline. I know you have all been waiting with baited breath.

*Climate change is even affecting gravity. Mad!

*In one of year 12’s globalization lessons last week we talked about global economic and political groups such as OPEC. Interesting article below from The Times on their power over oil prices and the drop in global prices that has occured since 2011.


*The Cuillin Ridge is the most spectacular alpine ridge of its kind in the UK. Composed of super grippy Gabbro it tells a story of Britain’s volcanic past. Now Danny Macaskill has ridden his bike across it….

Year 13 – Rise of China research task

  • Use: World Bank; Economist country profiles; BBC country profiles; Gapminder statistics for starters.
  • Why and how has China risen to the fore as a dominant world power over the last 40 years.
  • Provide background on Deng Xiaoping’s reforms following Mao, present growth (remember to use our superpower criteria as your guide), and the recent progress achieved under Xi Jinping.

This recent Economist article is a very useful guide to Xi Jinping.



Here are your geography links for the week ending…..28th September

Geography from around the world this week:

  • Talks aimed at reaching a global consensus on tackling climate change wrapped up this week, have they done enough for a new deal to emerge in Paris in 2015?


Year 13 – Notes on USSR/USA relations and homework

For my sins we will be using the History (!!!) text books, as they provide a far more thorough take on this period than the Parrot books.

Finish the notes on:

Pages 19 – 20 – Soviet expansionism in Europe.

Pages 24-25 Overview of US relations with Europe in 1945

Page 53 – The position by 1962.

Homework: p99 = Condition of the Soviet economy

P125-126 = Glasnost and Perestroika.

On Friday I want to use the computers to start researching the rise of China as a dominant superpower.

Here are your geography links for the week ending….. 21st September

  • We all know the outcome and Mr Monteith’s own views 😉 of the Scottish independence referendum. Don’t be bored to tears just yet though as there are some interesting infographics and maps on who voted where and how the votes stacked up.
  1. The Guardian
  2. The BBC
  • Globalisation and its discontents may not spell the end of the world according to this report.


Demographic Transition Model and growth of globalisation

I used the Gapminder website today to bring to life some of development indicators and examine what levels of development we would expect countries to have at different stages of the DTM.

Click on the hyperlink above to get to the website. The instructions are fairly self explanatory, have a go at changing the indicators on the x and y axis.

Following on from your keyword homework. The confusing term that is Purchasing Power Parity is best explained through the Big Mac index

Year 12 – BRICS and MINTS

The BRIC and MINT countries both came up during discussion today when we talked about the poltical, economic, technological and cultural effects of globalisation.

The BRICs were the original emerging economic giants, but a few of them are struggling to live up to expectations at present.

The MINTs are the new kids on the bloc (according to Prof Jim O’Neil who coined both acronyms).

The BBC radio programmes on the MINTs are worth a listen.

Remember to complete your globalisation definition homework for Tuesday