Year 12 research on Blackpool

1. What are the problems faced by the coastal resorts such as Blackpool that can lead to their decline? Think about coastal specific examples such as seasonal tourism as well as generic reasons.

2. What examples of re-branding has Blackpool engaged in during the last 20-30 years?

Bring your research to Mr Monteith’s lesson Period 6 today (Thursday)

Geography links for the week ending 22nd February

*The winter of 2014 was the stormiest on record for the UK. This excellent Met office webpage summaries the impact and examines the causes.

*Costing the Earth is a BBC radio 4 programme. This episode looks at the impact of climate change on Iceland and its biodiversity specifically. Worthy of a listen for year 13’s in particular.

*The Greek exit, or ‘Grexit’, explained by the BBC through the analogy of a kebab.

*Renewables provided 15% of the UK’s electricity in 2013. We also import nearly 50% of the energy we use. Scary.


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 😉

*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: