Saturday, 22 December 2007
Friday, 21 December 2007
To keep you occupied for a few minutes, here's a quick quiz about Christmas Around the World from Yr10's end-of-term assembly...
A very merry Christmas to you all, and best wishes for a Geogtastic 2008!
And don't forget to track Santa on Christmas Eve - Norad
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
Santa, it seems, is a bit of a techno-whizz, and for the last few years, has had a GPS attached to his sleigh... That means that on Christmas Eve, you can use the Norad Santa site to track Santa's progress, see how long it'll be before he gets to your house, and make sure that you're safely tucked up in bed in plenty of time!
In 2005 and 2006, it was also possible to use Google Earth to see what Santa was upto and you can have a look at Santa's route, etc. here. This year, Google Earth and Norad have teamed up and are working together, so you just have the one site to follow.
Obviously, as Santa won't be setting off until 24th December, there's not much to see at the moment. There are, however, a number of games to keep you entertained in the meantime! Click on the picture below to link to the site...
Friday, 14 December 2007
That is because Tuesday (11th December) was Geogtastic's first birthday, and so the map was archived yesterday...
The new map already show 40 visits from three continents! How long before we've got dots in South America, Africa and Australasia??
Here's to the next year, the next 284 posts and the next 12052 visitors!!
Friday, 7 December 2007
Friday, 30 November 2007
Thursday, 22 November 2007
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Prize for the first person to leave a comment telling me the capital of West Xylophone!
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
If you missed the programme, and didn't see Dr Iain Stewart abseiling into a lava lake, then it is repeated on Sunday at 6.oopm - make sure you are watching!! (You can also pre-order the DVD of the series from the BBC Shop... I wonder if Santa reads Geogtastic...)
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Friday, 9 November 2007
Thursday, 8 November 2007
There are currently 6 "severe flood warnings" in place in Norfolk and Suffolk, with threats of "extreme danger to life and property", as well as 9 "flood warnings" and 24 "flood watches" along the east coast of England, and the Thames Barrier will be closed later this evening.
The reason for all this, according to the Met Office, is a combination of north-westerly winds exceeding 50mph, low pressure and high tides. Tide levels are predicted to be almost 3 metres higher than normal tide levels - something that happens, on average, once every 20 years.
More from the BBC here.
Thursday, 1 November 2007
Councillors in Brighton and Hove recently voted on a bag ban, asking shops to stop handing them out to customers, and the village of Modbury in Devon have been pleased with their bag ban trial and have just made the ban permanent.
Check out the BBC article to find out more - including 10 arguments FOR the plastic bag... And a great video of A Day in the Life of a Plastic Bag...
Here's a picture of the superb plastic bag collage that 8HCh (now 9NSq) produced last year...
For those of you who were asking about revision guides... Having worked very hard since the start of Yr10 and made sure all the work we've done is complete, the best revision guide is your exercise book!!
However... there are a good number of revision guides available from bookshops/WHSmiths, etc. These are general ones and are fairly useful. If you do buy one of these, remember that they cover all the material for all the different exam boards - make sure that you refer back to the specification that you were given at the start of Yr10 to prevent you a) spending time learning things you don't need to know, and b) panicking about things that you think we should have done in class!
There is also a revision guide that has been written specifically for the course that we do (OCR C - Bristol Project) - it is slightly more expensive, but covers all the topics that you need to know, with case studies, practice questions and information and advice about the DME. It is by Liz Hattersley, and published by Heinemann. We have some copies left at school - come and ask if you want one! Otherwise, if you click on the picture below it will take you to the Amazon site where you can order a copy.
Sunday, 28 October 2007
Don't forget - the competition is open to all SHS students, staff and parents... No theme - anything Geogtastic goes!
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Not very happy at all about the ridiculous amount of packaging it arrived with though...
Saturday, 20 October 2007
Unsurprisingly, the plans have been condemned by environmental groups... Go here to see what Greenpeace have to say about it all.
What do you think? Should Britain - or anyone else - be claiming Antarctic territory? Should mineral exploitation be allowed? Who should make the decisions about these issues?
The Pygmies have been provided with GPS units, which they are using to mark sacred trees, hunting areas, water holes, the tombs of their ancestors, areas of medicinal plants, and other sites that they want to protect. The information is then used to create a map so that the forest can be managed and developed more sustainably.
Friday, 19 October 2007
Work out your footprint and leave a comment to let us know what it was and how you are going to reduce it (if you need to!)... And if you've been to the C.A.T., tell us all about it!
Monday, 15 October 2007
We hear stories about the environment every day in the news... melting sea ice, carbon footprints, renewable energy, extreme weather events, resources running out, deforestation, animals becoming extinct, food miles, packaging, the list goes on... Many of the posts on Geogtastic have been about environmental issues and we're increasingly being told that we should be recycling, composting, walking to work/school, buying British food, switching off lights, etc.
So... over to you... Leave a comment about the environmental issues YOU'RE concerned about... ARE you concerned about the environment? Which issue worries you most? What do you to to help the environment? What else could you do??
Thursday, 11 October 2007
The third Geogtastic Photo Competition is open to all SHS students, parents and staff, and the closing date will be Friday 2nd November. Entries can be brought to me in the Hums Block on a CD or memory stick, or can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (make sure your name - and form if you are student - is included).
There is no theme this time, so anything goes, as long as it is geographical... Happy snapping!!
Thursday, 4 October 2007
For those of you new to Geogtastic, if you click on the South Georgia label at the bottom of this post, you will be able to see all the other posts about South Georgia. There are several other pictures taken from the webcam, so you can see how the weather, wildlife, etc are different at different times of the year!
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
The latest take on the traditional tube map has been designed for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and features key Shakespeare characters in chronological order, and with separate lines for Heroes, Villains, and Strong and Difficult Women!
You can read more about the new map here and see a more larger version of the map by clicking on the image above.
Thursday, 20 September 2007
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
Do you think this sounds like a good idea? Do you care how much carbon dioxide your crisps have produced? Should all manufacturers be required to put this kind of labelling on their products?
This time last year, Andy Whittaker - presenter of the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Derby - held a competition, and his listeners designed a Derbyshire flag...
Flushed with success, they then went on to plan for a Derbyshire Day, and the decision was made to hold Derbyshire Day on the anniversary of the launch of the Derbyshire flag - 22nd September.
There is loads on the BBC website about Derbyshire Day and the Derbyshire flag, and the display in the entrance of Sainsbury's was quite interesting.
The thing that stood out this evening though when I was looking for more information about all this was this article from Buxton Today... Apparently, the Derbyshire flag will not be flying above Buxton Town Hall, even on Saturday, because not enough people will recognise it or know what it's for!!
Monday, 17 September 2007
Sunday, 16 September 2007
Today - Day for Darfur - rallies and protests have taken place in 30 cities across the world in an attempt to draw the world's attention to the violence in Darfur, and a new single by Mattafix - "Living Darfur" - was released. The video for the single - backed by Mick Jagger, George Clooney and Nelson Mandela - to name but a few, was filmed in the Darfur region. The picture below shows Marlon from Mattafix with children in Darfur. Marlon's diary from the visit to Darfur is here.
Amazingly, I have watched the news several times today, and there has been no mention of Darfur, the rallies, or the single, at all. Why not?
Some months ago, the US Holocaust Museum put together a series of photographs, eyewitness testimonies and data, using Google Earth to give some indication of the scale of the genocide in Darfur. http://www.ushmm.org/googleearth/
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Saturday, 8 September 2007
Don't forget, you can also follow Mark's progress, and read his "diary" on the World Cycle website...
Thursday, 30 August 2007
According to the Channel 4 website, 11 volunteers (who have agreed to take part in an "eco-challenge" but have no idea what it is) are left marooned on one of Britain's biggest landfill sites, and have to survive for three weeks on the rubbish that the rest of us throw away!
Doesn't sound like my idea of fun, but promises to be interesting (and eye-opening) viewing!
DUMPED! starts at 9pm on Sunday, on Channel 4.
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
The picture, sent in to the BBC by a viewer, shows the packaging that one supermarket think is necessary for a single banana! Other pictures, and some interesting comments, as well as video clips from the show here.
But what's the solution?? What can we do about all this packaging??
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
You can track Mark's journey yourself, read his diary, etc. at the Artemis World Cycle website, but if you have a look at Val's version, you get the geography of the places Mark's travelling through as well!
Thursday, 23 August 2007
If you happen to be one of those people, then you will want to be having a look at Geogtastic6 - the new blog I have started for AS & A2 Geographers... There are few bits on there already, but my intention is that it will be more specific to what we are doing in lessons... Let me know if you spot anything you think should be on there!
Saturday, 18 August 2007
The BBC have more information here, together with video clips and links to coverage of the story on other news sites.
You can also visit the National Hurricane Center website and follow the progress of the hurricane.
Friday, 17 August 2007
Thursday, 16 August 2007
If you click on the South Georgia label at the bottom of this post, you can look at some of the previous pictures from the webcam, from when it was summer in South Georgia. If you look at the steps at the right-hand side, you can see just how much snow there is at the moment!
(Please note, "culture" is the correct spelling!!!)
Good luck with whatever you are doing next... And don't forget to keep visiting Geogtastic!
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Geographer Nick Crane (of Coast and Map Man fame) will be following in the footsteps of some of some of the explorers who discovered Britain...
Check out the website here and find out more about the journeys that Nick will be taking...
Monday, 13 August 2007
I am still trying to decide what my favourite view is... I think there are too many! In the meantime though, check out the rest of the views chosen by the celebrities on the Guardian Travel site, and the shortlisted views on the Britain's Favourite View website here.
What are your favourite British views? Do you agree with the celebrities' choices? If you were to add a view to the top 16, which would you get rid of?
Loads of information in the Encyclopedia (or should that be Encyclopaedia?) of Earth about anything and everything earth-related, and you can search by topic, author, location... Also Earth News and an Earth Forum...
Thanks Tom for pointing this out!
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
The idea is that walkable neighbourhoods are healthier, more environmentally friendly, more sociable, and have stronger local businesses... So, if you type in your address, WalkScore will plot the amenities local to you in a Google Map, and give you a score out of 100 for the walkability of your neighbourhood... Unfortunately, my neighbourhood is not very walkable at all; my score was an abysmal 7 out of 100 (although the shop next but one, and the pub four doors away are not listed). School scores slightly higher - 27 out of 100.
Click here or on the picture to read more about what the scores mean and what a "walkable neighbourhood" is, and then leave a comment to let us know your score!
Sunday, 5 August 2007
Friday, 3 August 2007
200 people have died, and almost 20 million people been displaced from their homes in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, in some of the worst floods that South Asia has seen for years.
More information about the floods, and the monsoon season that's causing them on the BBC website.
Wednesday, 1 August 2007
You've not got long til the closing date on the 20th August though, so check out the details here and get creating!