Category: Geography 11

Monday 27th March. Shimoda trip preparations.

Please read over the notes I shared with you on processes 

We have already looked ta dunes last lesson and will briefly look at other features of deposition – spits and some different types of mitigation used on coastlines and that you might see. I have shared a folder ‘Coastal management’ with you, which has lots of information on different types of mitigation. Please take a look at these.

This is the Shimoda doc, which has lots of details about the trip, method and survey areas.

We will decide on our hypotheses to support our research question.

Maps to be done by Mon April 3rd, so that’s your homework this weekend.

Meet ing at Ishikawacho at 7.40 at the latest Tuesday. see permission letter 

Please see the check list for the trip and also make sure you have swimming gear and wetsuits if you want if you are going in the water. Towels too. The guest house does not provide towels or soap so please bring these too …and snacks.


Coastal landforms – Of emergence and submergence

Today we will look at coastal landforms and look at those caused by sea level change Rias and Fjords – these are features of submergence. We will also look at Raised beaches. If you are absent get notes from your friends and look at the information on this doc (go to Physical characteristics ) about Emergence and submergence – 

Read  Planet Geog p 251 to 253 and make notes on these features.

Under sea landforms

 Sub oceanic landforms/undersea landfroms

We are looking at ‘Undersea landforms’ see plate tectonics and ocean floor – and this we will go through this to understand key terminology about the plate movements and landforms – see Sea floor spreading and sea floor landforms …Watch this Short vid.

You will annotate several features of sub oceanic landforms your paper copy

We will also look at the importance of oceans  – read abiotic resources and more on abiotic.

You will then complete a) b) and c) of the past paper question 4 on the Oceans document for homework.This is due Monday.


Friday Feb 17th – Oceans

Your homework for this weekend is to answer these questions – by hand. The 10 mark question can be no longer than 2 sides. Use clear, concise English, paragraphs and appropriate terminology, as well as reference to examples or case studies.

Today we are starting our unit on Oceans. I will give you an end of topic test for ‘Hazards’ on Monday 27th Feb. So please revise well.


Monday 13th & Wed 15th Feb. Fukushima – Human induced hazard

Today we looked at the characteristics of Human induced disasters  ( you need ta get a sheet off me and copy down what we talked about). We referred to the the spider diagrams we have on human induced hazards.  We also focused on Fukushima disaster and it’s consequences – I shared these Fukushima notes and students made bullet point notes in 15 minutes,on their own google doc – no more than 1 page using the headings –


Consequences :-





Before next lesson – Please read these notes too and look at the map of the pollution

PLEASE NOTE – you should know Fukushima well as we also use it as our example for a technological disaster and cross boundary pollution event.

Drought Australia 2002 – 2006 Friday Feb 3rd

We discussed Australia and it’s lack of water then looked at the 2002 to 2006 drought. Look at the links below – and review the causes and consequences of the drought and Australia’s response. Just read over. We then talked about all that Australia is doing in response to the drought hazard – in the home, agriculture and industry -to save water. You should understand enough to be able to answer the question below in an exam…no need to answer that now. I have attached a sample answer for you to read though too. There was no homework as most people are away this week.

MEDC eg – Australia – geofile Drought in Australia

Response to Australian drought

You must be able to answer this question :-

Explain the reasons for the occurrence and scale of impacts of a specific drought event that you have studied. [10 Marks]


The ‘R’s – Rescue, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction + Reassessment

Friday 27th January lesson. We briefly looked at the 3 R’s last lesson – RESCUE, REHABILITATION AND RECONSTRUCTION and you should have defined them. We also looked at the importance of a 4th R – REASSESSMENT of response to both hazards and hazard events or disasters.

Today we looked at response to the Tohoku disaster. Below is a good example of an answer for response to a hazard event or disaster covers short, medium and long term- Tohoku

With reference to a case study, discuss the response to a named Hazard event or disaster. ( 10 marks ) – Tohoku earthquake

We also know that governments and communities must reflect and reassess/re-evaluate their risk and vulnerability by looking at how it responds to hazards (all the Ps – prediction, preparation, precaution to prevent) and hazard events (all the R’s – rescue, rehabilitation and reconstruction) This 4th R – REASSESSMENT is critical in reducing vulnerability.

As a class we also created a model answer for the importance of reassessment in Japan after Tohoku, how school reassessed it’s response and also some notes on New Orleans.
Discuss the importance of re-assessing risk and re-examining vulnerability following any major hazard event or disaster (10)





Comparing responses and the 3 R’s

Wed 25th Jan – Please read over these sets of notes on the 2 case studies if you are absent.


Haiti earthquake ( Caribbean ) & Cyclone Nargis ( Myanmar) – Please make sure you read through these 2 comparisons.

Also read page 201 comparing Kobe with Kashmir and 205 to 206 on impacts of hurricanes in the blue ‘course companion’ and page 222 – comparing responses to 2 disasters in 2008

Read 228 to 230 and we will look at the stages of response to disasters – Rescue, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction.

On Friday we will look at the 3 stages with reference to Haiti, Tohoku and New Orleans.