Archive for August, 2014

Iceland volcanic eruptions: Red alert again!

Level: , Topic: Latest news, Restless Earth, Tectonics

Iceland has restricted travel around a cluster of volcanos, following an eruption near the Dyngjujokull glacier just after midnight.

A red alert warning issued by the Icelandic Met Office – the highest possible – indicates that “an eruption is imminent or in progress, and that a significant emission of ash into the atmosphere is likely”.

Met Office Films on Weather A2

Level: Topic: Atmosphere

The Met office have a You Tube channel with many great little films about different parts of the weather. Have  a browse and watch anything linked to your syllabus, great for deeper reading or revision for the A2 weather and climate and associated hazards.

Hurricane Cristobal – could it bring us warmth and sunshine?

Level: Topic: Atmosphere

Very interesting reading here  (West Briton) Hurricane Cristobal is currently sweeping through the Caribbean, bringing 75mph winds and torrential rain to the region. But how could it be possible that this hurricane, could bring us fine weather? The Met Office has suggested that Cristobal is skirting Bermuda and is then expected to track towards Iceland and north of […]

New concerns over Iceland volcano.

Level: , Topic: Latest news, Restless Earth, Tectonics

The magma from Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano could be moving towards another large volcanic system. “We know there is a lot of molten rock sitting under the ground beneath Askja, which is a major volcanic system. If this molten rock hits that, we know it is likely to trigger it to erupt.

“But who knows, it may just stop. It is still at 5km-depth, and it is possible it could freeze there and not a lot more will happen. That is perfectly plausible.”

California earthquake strikes San Francisco Bay area

Level: , Topic: Restless Earth, Tectonics

Very exciting….! I saw this and had to share it with you. For your GCSE studies look for causes (look at related stories to the right of the actual article) effects (primary and secondary) and responses (short term and long term). Make a note of the case study time place and date, then list specific […]

House Lifted 1.5m To Avoid More Flood Misery

Level: , Topic: Rivers, Water on the Land

A family spends £70,000 lifting their entire home off the ground to avoid a repeat of this year’s flood misery. How are people trying to protect themselves to avoid a repeat of last winters flooding? (Coping and responding to the effects of flooding).

Link to Met Office Fact Sheets (A2 Atmosphere)

Level: Topic: Atmosphere

Link to the Met Office fact sheets on atmosphere. These will be used within lessons and make excellent extended reading for the A2 topic ‘Weather and Climate and Associated Hazards’ which is examined in the GEOG3 paper, Contemporary Geographical Issues.

Iceland raises Bardarbunga volcano alert to orange!

Level: , Topic: Latest news, Restless Earth, Tectonics

Exciting, lets hope its settled down for our visit in February!

An orange alert indicates that a volcano is showing “escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption”, or is erupting without any major volcanic ash emissions.

A red alert means that an eruption is “imminent”, or is underway with “significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere”.

The ash cloud produced by the 2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption led to hundreds of thousands of passengers being affected by flight restrictions.