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World at Risk

The scheme of work for this unit is here.

Final revision session

posted 11 May 2014, 03:08 by TJJ@oswestryschool.org.uk   [ updated 11 May 2014, 07:23 ]

Make a copy of this document and use it as we go through our final revision session.

Skills Audit

posted 25 Apr 2013, 04:47 by TJJ@oswestryschool.org.uk   [ updated 25 Apr 2013, 04:47 ]

Have a go at this skills audit: http://goo.gl/V4rJB

Philippines Webquest

posted 26 Feb 2013, 00:24 by TJJ@oswestryschool.org.uk   [ updated 26 Feb 2013, 01:37 ]

Using the A3 map of the Phillipines handed out in class, complete the following tasks:
  1. What is the population of the Phillipines?
  2. What is its capital and the population of the capital?
  3. What is the population density?
  4. What is the GDP per capita figure of the Phillipines?
  5. How many islands is the nation made up from?
  6. Give a detailed account of the 1991 Pinatubo eruption (inc. name of plates, diagram, death toll, reference to ash and lahars etc.)
  7. Find examples of the following hazards in the Phillipnes inc., where possible, death tolls, dates, causes etc.:
  • a tsumani
  • a cyclone
  • a lahar
  • a landslide
  • an earthquake

Prep 19/2/2013: Case Study Loma Prieta Earthquake, California

posted 18 Feb 2013, 23:57 by TJJ@oswestryschool.org.uk   [ updated 19 Feb 2013, 00:00 ]


Video notes (V)
Handout (H/O)


1.   Use the following answers to your video questions to write a brief background to the earthquake: 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 13.

2.   Open the image attached at the base of this post (San Andreas.jpg) Read the text, then copy the two diagrams into your notes, along with all the labels. 


1.   How much damage was caused by the earthquake (V)

2.   Why was there little damage near the epicentre? (H/O)

3.   Where was the worst damage in San Francisco? (V q. 16)

4.   Why? (V q. 16)

5.   What happened to the viaducts and bridge structures (include death toll)? (H/O V q. 26)


1.   What is the seismic gap theory? (H/O, V q. 22)

2.   To what extent were the building codes set up by the authorities a success? (H/O)

3.   Why was the damage so severe in the Marina District of San Francisco? (H/O)

Cover Work for TJJ Tues 5/2/2013

posted 4 Feb 2013, 14:45 by TJJ@oswestryschool.org.uk   [ updated 4 Feb 2013, 14:46 ]


I'm very sorry to be away (again!) If you can get your California hotspot maps to me asap that would be good. 

For this lesson I'd like you to watch this and answer the questions on the attached sheet as you go (you may find it easier to print it out, or watch with two screens running!)

Loma Prieta Earthquake, California

San Fransisco video qs

See you on Thursday!

Prep this week and work for TJJ's absence

posted 29 Jan 2013, 01:34 by Tim Jefferis   [ updated 29 Jan 2013, 01:43 ]

Your task is to devise a hot spot map of a selection of major hazards in California. The map should include the locations of:

  • A river flood
  • A smog event
  • A landslide
  • A drought

Try to refer to the most recent examples possible. For each location, when you click on the dot the user should be able to:

    •  Access facts and figures about the hazard, including the date and time
    • Get a detailed summary of how and why the hazard occurred, including diagrams where appropriate
    • See YouTubeTM or Google Video footage as appropriate


Links between development and mortality

posted 22 Jan 2013, 00:18 by TJJ@oswestryschool.org.uk   [ updated 22 Jan 2013, 01:06 by Tim Jefferis ]

Go to: http://www.nationmaster.com/index.php

Have a look around the site to gain some familiarity with it. Use the statistics to produce scatter graphs (in Google Docs) to establish whether there is a link between GDP and a selection of the statistics on offer (there are some bizarre ways of dying!)

Here are some ideas:
  • Your chances of dying of cholera
  • Your chances of dying of exposure to excessive natural heat
  • Your chances of dying in an earthquake
  • Your chances of dying in a flood
Herewith a demonstration data set in Google Docs: http://goo.gl/AqA1Y

  1. Make sure you select per capita stats so that fair comparisons can be made.
  2. Take a close look at the 'Notes' right at the bottom of the page - bear theses in mind before you come to any conclusions.
  3. Remember too that you'll need to get figures for the GDP per capita of each country too.

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