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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Sunbathing in Quindao

Categories: Population, Rivers, Environmenatl Hazards, s1 and s2

It's not Troon or Burntisland as I remember them, but I love this image of 20,000 people in Northern China cramming onto this beach. It is also an admittedly tenuous link to Population , China and the one child policy, which is hopefully where my Higher will have reached in my absence. If you have watched the video that I left, you should know that first of all, not all of China is like this (remember the work we did on Population distribution), and that secondly, although China's policy is seen as drastic and inhumane by many, population growth, if unchecked in China, would put serious pressure on resources. I want you to remember to be objective about this, so that you can consider the successes as well as failures of the policy. Using this article in some way should help-I flagged this up before I went off and if everything went well last week, we'll use it today.Be warned, this is quite disturbing. The image came from a blog, which may be very useful for Geography classes but I want to check the rest of the content first before putting it on here.I also want to stick this link from Rob Chambers' blog for the Hydrosphere section of the Higher course. The blog has some additional excellent material too.
Two things to finish. We are having real problems with Google Earth in its new format in the school at the moment, lots of blue patches appearing all over cities etc, so I said I would put up the link to the Google Earth file for s2 to look at from the comfort of their own home, again indebted to Ollie Bray for this. I have been very impressed with this. Used it one night and noticed a large magnitude earthquake north of Japan, and came in the next day to my s2 telling me about a tsunami in this area. I must read the news more... Secondly, I have a new s1 rotation who have now been here for a week, and am looking forward to getting to know them tomorrow. May do a word association game to check what they already know, and also to help me get to know names. Will then start putting subsequent lesson materials on here.

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