Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Scholars: US Landslide

Scholars should ensure that they read this story AND try to answer the questions below. The rest of the world does not have to answer the questions ... 

Read the story at the BBC:

Other useful links:

Why do mudslides happen?

Information on the Gansu landslide (2010)

So ... Now you know all about mudslides and are up to date with what is going on in Washington State ... Answer the following questions:

1. Firstly make some case study notes in the usual way by answering the following:

a) Where?
b) When?
c) What happened? Describe the event
d) Why did it happen? Explain it
e) How have people responded to the disaster? Could they have been better prepared?

2. a) List four possible causes of mudslides.
b) Explain why geology AND relief are important in predicting where mudslides are going to occur.

3. Read the information on Gansu (2010).
a) make brief notes using the same titles as in Q1
b) why do you think that the impact of Gansu disaster was so much greater than the landslide in the US?

Interesting note: if you type landslide in slightly wrong on the iPhone, it's autocorrect changes it to landladies!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Scholarship Question 2

Map showing the distribution of earthquakes in the last 12 months.

1. Describe the distribution of earthquakes. (6)

2. This map clearly shows the Ring of Fire. Where and what is the Ring of Fire? (4)

3. a) Name a place in the world where there is a destructive margin. (1)

b) Describe how earthquakes may be caused on a destructive margin. (6)

c) What other hazards might occur on a destructive margin? (3)

4. a) How might earthquakes be compared? (4)

b) "Comparing the quake in Kobe with that in Haiti is pointless: it is like comparing chalk and cheese!" 

To what extent do you agree with this statement. You should refer to examples of earthquakes that you have studied. (16)

Max marks 40

Scholarship Question 1

Look at the graph below.
1.  Describe how each sector has changed since 1800. (8)

2. Give an example of an activity in each sector. (4)

3. Why are quaternary activities a post industrial phenomenon? (2)

4. Referring to examples that you have studied, explain the pattern of change in Primary activities. (12)

5. a) Which are the three most important factors when locating a factory? (4)

b) Referring to examples that you have studied, how can the ideal site for a factory change? (10)

Max 40 marks

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Pompeii under the weather

In AD79 Vesuvius erupted and buried the town of Pompeii in ash and pumice. Over the last few hundred years we have been digging it up to find out most of what we know about life in Roman times. But ... the recent bad weather has sped up processes that have been happening ever since we  to excavate the site: weathering and erosion. 
Will Pompeii survive?

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Kobe Earthquake Film

Case Study: The Kobe Earthquake (1995)

The Collapsed Hanshin Expressway was one of the most iconic effects of the 1995 Kobe Earthquake 

Although this is quite an old case study now, the Kobe quake of 1995 is still a very useful case study for a couple of reasons:
  1. It was very well documented and it was the first time so much film footage captured by CCTV cameras.
  2. It demonstrated that an organised response to a disaster is needed: people need to know what they are doing and be educated about quakes and what to do when they happen.
  3. It showed that certain quake-proofing of buildings was possible: and that other building materials did not!
This documentary in four parts might be old (and quiet) but it is well-presented ...

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