*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.



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)