Month: January 2013 (page 1 of 3)


Here is a great video answering a few questions that keep coming back in Geography class. Enjoy.

IB: Ocean pollution

Discuss the implications of the pollution of oceans by the disposal of radioactive material, oil and chemical waste.


The Pacific Gyre Garbage Patch

Nuclear Waste

Chemical Waste:


Marine pollution:


IGCSE: Water as a resource

Pick one of the following case studies

  • Jordan River Basin
  • Tunisia
  • Water Diversion in China
  • India
  • South Africa
Create a Poster:
  • Explain the reasons for the water shortage in your region
  • Use proper vocabulary: fresh water, ground water, extraction, withdrawal, scarcity etc.
  • Explain the socio-economic consequences of water shortage, and it’s impact on the region’s development
  • Describe and evaluate a management strategy that has been used to control the water shortage
  • Criteria: A, B, C

IBDP: The Value of Oceans: Resources


1. Read this article on ocean resources

2. Draw a sketch map identifying the biotic and abiotic resources of continental shelves, oceans and ocean floor deposits.

  • Annotate your sketch map showing the main areas where various types of fishing, tourism and mining occurs in the ocean.
  • Color code the biotic and abiotic resources.

InS 9: Corporate Gaffe investigation

In class, we have been discussing corporate social responsibility and the different things corporations can do to improve their image in the eyes of consumers.

Today, you will investigate a corporation’s reaction to a major gaffe.

A gaffe is an unintentional action or remark causing embarrassment to it’s originator. i.e. a blunder.


1: Find a gaffe that has received national or international media attention.

2: Describe the chronology and cause of the gaffe

3: Describe the immediate reaction to the gaffe: Public outcry, bad press, drop in sales, legal proceedings etc.

4: Describe the corporation’s reaction to the gaffe: how they solved the problem AND what they did to restore their corporate image in the eyes of their consumers.

5: In your opinion, how successful was the corporation’s response? Is the company’s image still tarnished? Are sales back to their pre-gaffe levels? Higher? Explain your answer

Assessment: Criterion B

IGCSE Geography, Energy Resource Project

Here is your project. 

You will have today and tomorrow’s classes to complete it. (Not Monday)

Due: Thursday February 31.

Make sure to have a look at the rubric before beginning to write your essay.

IB: The Carbon Cycle

IB expectation: Examine the role of oceans as a store and source of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Carbon is present in all living things and is in a state of dynamic equilibrium i.e. it is constantly the same level on Earth but always changing forms and location. It is an a state of constant flux. (Continuous change)

IBDP: Ocean Energy Transfer: Oceanic conveyor Belt, El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) & La Niña

Dr. Martins is nominated in the upcoming Academy awards:

Write a a pragraph entitled the importance of the oceanic conveyor belt. Your paragraph must include a color, hand-drawn sketch map and the following terms:

  • Thermohaline circulation
  • Oceanic conveyor belts
  • Water density
  • North Atlantic Deep Water NADW
  • Antarctic bottom water AABW
  • Upwelling
  • Nutrients
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Indian Ocean
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Salinity

 El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) &  La Niña

Case study:

  • Using graphs, describe the events that lead to the EL Niño conditions.

1. What is El Nino?

2. What is La Nina?

3. What causes El Nino?

4. What happens to the Ocean during El Nino?

5. What happens to the Atmosphere during El Nino?

6. What is the geographic impact of El Nino?

7. How does the Pacific Ocean thermocline change during El Nino and El Nina?

2: Explain the Climactic, Environmental and economic effect it had on a world wide scale*. 

Kiva Update

Some of our Kiva micro-loans have started being reimbursed. Have a look!


The Corporation: People vs. Profit

1. The Corporation: This documentary film was made after the US Supreme court reorganized some corporations rights to be the same as those of people. (Corporations could be sued, or file lawsuits, as individuals, detached from their owners and workers.) The filmmakers then pondered the kind of person a corporation would be, based on past actions, by analyzing their actions as a psychiatrist would.

  • As you watch the clip, how is music and tone of language used? What bias do you think the documentary might have?
  • Why does the documentary repeat the phrase “bad apples”? Are there other metaphors used in the clip?
  • What images does the filmaker use? Why does the filmaker choose to use this imagery?
  • How is “corporation” defined?
2. Nike Sweatshops: Behind the Swoosh

  • As you watch the video, list the infractions committed by Nike and its contractors, and group them in categories related to the Definition of CSR we have studied.
Then, have a look at  Nike Inc.’s Corporate Social Responsibility website, with particular attention to labor conditions and audits.
  • Using the Definition of CSR we have studied, explain how Nike is following three of the points listed in the article.
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