Unit A3: Hazardous environments

Examples of recent hazardous events

Lesson 1

Objectives: to answer the following questions
  • What is a natural hazard? List them.

  • What is the Earth's structure?

  • What is a tectonic plate?
  • How are they linked to earthquakes and volcanoes?


PowerPoint:
Class notes:
Homework:

TEXTBOOK WIKI LINK

http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/3.+Characteristics%2C+distribution+and+causes+of+tectonic+events#

Anyone want to know even more about Plate Tectonics? From this site is:
Volcanoes
Mountain building
Earth's Interior
A video about the San Andreas Fault on http://lindym.wordpress.com/igcse/


Lesson 2

Objectives: to answer the following questions
  • What is a natural hazard? List them.

  • What is the Earth's structure?

  • What is a tectonic plate?
  • How are they linked to earthquakes and volcanoes?


PowerPoint:
Class notes:
Homework:
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TEXTBOOK WIKI LINK

http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/3.+Characteristics%2C+distribution+and+causes+of+tectonic+events
Links for homework
Where to look for current information about volcanoes and earthquakes
http://www.earthweek.com/ is a good place to start - it opens in the current week but you can go backwards week by week - so far as i know - as long as you want. If you click on the symbol for an earthquake or volcano, you get a map and some information. With carefully timed use of alt + PrtScn you can capture the map in mid flight!. The comments tend to be a bit brief and you may find it does not give enough info. But having got a place and a date, google search should supply some other places to look.
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/archive.php?m=11&y=2009 - to go back further, click on the left hand side under Browse by Date 2009 and then pick another month besides November

Other Linkshttp://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/3.+Characteristics%2C+distribution+and+causes+of+tectonic+events

This shows what it feels like in various places away from the epicentre of an earthquake. Remember, Richter tells you how strong the earthquake is where it happens, while Mercalli gives you an understanding of what it feels like elsewhere.

What do exploding volcanoes look like? Go to the blog (below) and follow the link at the bottom of this article for some fantastic pictures of what it is like.
http://lindym.wordpress.com/2009/12/15/20000-evacuated-as-philippine-volcano-oozes-lava/

Lesson 3

Objectives: to answer the following questions
  • How do revolving tropical storms form?

  • What happens next?

  • What are the effects of the different categories of storm on land?
  • What are the impacts on humans and how do these differ between HICs and NICs?


PowerPoint:
Class notes:
Homework:

Good place to find recent storms: http://www.earthweek.com/tropicscat.php

TEXTBOOK WIKI LINK

http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/3.2+Characteristics%2C+distribution+and+causes+of+tropical+storms


Lesson 4

Objectives: to answer the following questions
  • What impacts could you expect in a tropical storm?

  • What were the impacts on the people of Katrina

  • What were the impacts of Sidr?

PowerPoint:
Homework:

TEXTBOOK WIKI LINK

http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/6.+Short+term+and+long+term+impacts+of+natural+disasters
Documents for homework and other things




2 must read articles on the blog - one from New Orleans 4 years on in August 2009 - and Mayer Nagin is still there!One from Bangladesh 2 years on. They both still have a lot to do!
By the way there is now a widget which you can use to get emails of all new articles appearing on the blog if you would like that

Lesson 5

Objectives: to answer the following questions
  • Why do people continue to live near volcanoes?

  • Why do people continue to live on active tectonic faults?

  • Why do people going on living in the path of tropical storms?


PowerPoint:
Class notes:
Homework:

Have updated this page - please take a look and see if you notice anything I have missed out - apart from the Katrina case study that I KNOW I haven't yet done!

http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/6.+Short+term+and+long+term+impacts+of+natural+disasters


Lesson 6

Objectives: to answer the following questions
  • How are the features of weather measured?

  • What are the main weather systems?

  • What weather project will you do?


PowerPoint:
Class notes:
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Lesson 7 Hazard Review 1

Objectives:
  • Reviewing Lessons 1 & 2


PowerPoint - this will be the basis of the next 4 weeks - i may get to modify it a bit but this is about the total; - see notes added after lesson to say how far we have got!:
Classwork: This is for this week and next:
Homework:This is for this week only

Links to the textbook wiki are at the bottom of this page:

http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/3+Hazardous+environments
and in particular:
Slide 27 and slide 48 of the PP and
http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/3.6+Short+term+%26+long+term+impacts+of+disasters
http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/3.7+Why+do+people+live+in+hazardous+areas%

If you cannot find the answer to anything at all - please email - I want you to get these right!

A couple of good documents to look at:




Lesson 8 Hazard Review 2

Objectives:
  • Reviewing Lessons 3 - 6 and maybe...

  • Look at 2 new case studies

PowerPoint - Still 3 more weeks on this one -:
Last week Y11 Bobcats got to slide to slide 32 and the Y11 Cheetahs got to slide 37 - so that is where we will start.
Classwork: I am adding Class notes for weeks 6 and 7 just in case we need them.

Homework:This is for this week only
This is asking you to write up comparative case studies on Hurricane Katrina and Cyclone Sidr
Please use the worksheet to write in if it is at all possible.
REMEMBER: bullet points, NOT long sentences are what is required

Links : You best bet is to start of with the PP from Lesson 4 above;

Next go to http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/3.6+Short+term+%26+long+term+impacts+of+disasters
which gives more details and few videos to help you along

Lesson 9 Hazard New stuff 1

Objectives:
  • To look at managing hazards, using the 4 types - predict, prepare, short term response and long term response

  • Look at 2 new case studies

PowerPoint - Still 2 more weeks on this one -:
OOps - forgot to write exactly where folks got to - see intro email for request for someone with a better memory that I have!!
Classwork: I am adding Class notes for weeks 6 and 7 just in case we need them.

Homework:This is for this week only:

Lesson 10 Hazard New stuff 2

Objectives:
  • To look at managing hazards, using the 4 types - completing short term response and long term response

  • Complete the 2 new case studies

PowerPoint - The last week on this one -:
Classwork:The last week on this one too

Homework:This is for this week only:

Links for homework document:

http://lindym.wordpress.com/category/haiti/ - says there are 17 links so far
http://lindym.wordpress.com/category/wilma/ - only 4, I am afraid!
There is a fair bit to glean from the last mega-PP but also don’t forget the wiki textbook – your brand new textbook has not covered these so no good looking there:
http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/3.9A+Case+Studies
some videos have been added here recently
And 2 BBC updates
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/americas/2010/haiti_earthquake/default.stm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/news/2010/07/100712_haiti_6_months_nh_sl.shtml

A really good find for future planning in Haiti (also at http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/3.9A+Case+Studies

The Interim Haiti Recovery commission and in partiuclar their Goals which look in partiuclar and short term (months) and long term (5 Year) plans for various aspects e.g. agriculture, education, housing etc. Well worth a trawl.