Extreme Environments- an update.

I’m having a bit of blog guilt at the moment, sorry year ten. I’m just about finding my feet now. Let me know how you are finding the course so far…

Where are we at?

antarctica By now we should understand that an extreme environment is one that exhibits challenging environmental conditions, such as landscape and climate, that make it uncomfortable for human to live.

Our case study is Antarctica, Mr Parkinson, also known as Alan at KES (Check out his blog) study another polar environment, that of Svalbard, in the north, so it’s well worth a read to see how the two environments compare.

We should also now have a general grasp of how we perceived extreme environments in the past and how our perceptions have changed, if they have! Remember that our perceptions of the environments may have changed, but the environmental conditions continue to endure. As someone stated nicely, technology has allowed us somewhat to master these environments.

We’ll consider our perceptions of Antarctica and how they have changed later this week.

We should also now be able to ‘place’ Antarctica and name some of the physical and human features of the continent. It won’t ask you to do this in the exam, but you will need knowledge of specific locations and the geographical processes that take place in these areas, something we’ll look at later in the half-term.

An important aspect here is to consider the resources we have used to investigate our extreme environment…. it may ask you this in the exam.

Music, Vaughan Williams ‘Antarctica’.

Spoken and Written word, Michael Palin, ‘Pole to Pole’.

Various images.

Google Earth.

and many more to come…

Each of these resources tell us something about what the environment is like…

This week we’ll get into some of the physical processes taking place in Antarctica, including one that may have an impact in the future….

Whilst your waiting, have a go at this just a minute game, that we used as a starter in class, can you do any better? Let me know 😉 Nice revision for Year 11 as well, but they should be finishing their coursework. 🙂

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10 Comments

  1. Posted September 19, 2007 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    The course is great, one of the best ive studied so far in geography any way. Not that your lessons aren’t great all the time

    Steph

  2. Posted September 19, 2007 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Cold Water Music by AIM

    Best Antarctica Music Ever

  3. Posted September 19, 2007 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Steph for your kind comments.

    Yeah, I like that but my favourite is ‘Antarctica’ by the band Nevermind.

    Congratulations Stringy to your family who won longest distance travelled in the postcard comp, have you seen the display…

  4. Posted September 20, 2007 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Whey!!!!!!! No, where is it?

  5. Posted September 20, 2007 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Made a slight mistake you are the top travelling student, Miss Lancashire did a thousand miles more than you 🙁 . Check your email, there is nothing that will please you….

  6. Posted September 21, 2007 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    because miss lancashire won furthest travelled i think she should have a prize of a tree to cut the co2 she produced going there.

  7. Posted September 21, 2007 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    I was robbed! Which airport did you measure it from?!!!!! lol. Great display!

    Unbelievable

  8. Posted September 21, 2007 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Well, I measured from Ilkeston, which I know will have an impact on some of the distances…. but when we’re talking around a total of 45,000 miles, I doubt whether it makes much of a difference.

  9. Posted September 22, 2007 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Nice Idea by George There!

  10. Posted September 22, 2007 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks stringy, seen as your the furthest student you should give something back too. there are carbon equlizing websites where yuo pay to have other people do things to cut reduce co2. i remember the royals use it.

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