Geography lessons

Severe Storms

Severe storms are Australia’s most common natural disaster and result in more property damage than cyclones, bushfires or earthquakes.  Severe storms are estimated to cost Australian around $284 million per annum.  The Sydney hailstorm of 1999 caused damage of over $2 billion. http://reg.bom.gov.au/nsw/sevwx/14april1999.shtml Storms develop when warm, moist air rises rapidly in an unstable atmosphere.  This uplift of … Continue reading

International Geography

Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Tragedy March 2011

To understand the natural phenomena that resulted in the 8.9 Earthquake in the Pacific Ocean North East of Japan and the resulting tsunami disaster and other disasters the New York Times infographic is a good starting place New York Times explain Tectonic shift resulting in massive earthquake and tsumani affecting NE Japan See photographs of the … Continue reading

Geography lessons / International Geography

Africa’s Climate

Colour the map of Africa according to the type of climate: hot desert, tropical continental or equatorial rainforest. Temperature is affected by latitute, distance from the sea, prevailing winds, ocean currents and altitude.  Predict which parts of Africa you would expect to record the highest or hottest temperatures, the lowest or coldest temperatures. Check the … Continue reading