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Revision: GCSE and A Level Tectonics

Level: , Topic: Featured, Restless Earth, Tectonics

Anatomy of an earthquake – Professor Iain Stewart

Breathing poison in the world’s most polluted city

Level: Topic: Atmosphere, Latest news

Saharan dust, traffic fumes and smog from Europe may be clogging up London’s air at present – and causing alarm in the newspapers – but in the world’s most polluted city London’s air would be considered unusually refreshing. That city is Delhi, the Indian capital, where air quality reports now make essential reading for anxious residents.

In the era of global warming, is hydrogen the perfect fuel?

Level: , Topic: Atmosphere, Energy

So why aren’t we all driving round in hydrogen-powered cars, moving our goods in hydrogen-powered lorries, and heating our homes and offices with this wonder element?

Cyclone Pam: Supplies begin to reach survivors

Level: Topic: Atmosphere

Officials say planes have taken food, water and medical supplies to Tanna island, which was directly in the path of Cyclone Pam.

Hunga Tonga volcano eruption forms new South Pacific island

Level: , Topic: Restless Earth, Tectonics

Some great footage of plate tectonics in action!

California’s long-term quake forecast

Level: , Topic: Restless Earth, Tectonics

A level wider reading and GCSE help with the 3 P’s. California’s long-term earthquake forecast, the first in seven years, has been released. The study, known as the Third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture forecast, teams the US Geological survey with three other state authorities on tectonics to work out the region’s risk from earthquakes.

Chile Volcanic eruption

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

The Villarrica volcano in southern Chile erupted in the early hours of Tuesday morning, spewing ash and lava up to 1,000m (3,300ft) into the air.

Voices: From Haiti to Japan: A tale of two disaster recoveries

Level: , Topic: Restless Earth, Tectonics

A lovely article comparing Haiti to Japan, fits really well into the Restless Earth topic and a great read for revision for A/A* students. Also good wider reading for A level.

Iceland is rising faster than any other land mass — here’s why

Level: , , Topic: Atmosphere, Cold Environments, Ice on the Land, Latest news

Iceland is rising at a faster pace as global warming melts the island’s ice caps, scientists say. We learnt several of the waterfalls we visited in Iceland were a result of isostatic rebound. This article takes this into more depth.

‘Next Pinatubo’ a test of geoengineering

Level: , Topic: Atmosphere, Restless Earth, Tectonics

Heart of Earth’s inner core revealed

Level: , Topic: Restless Earth, Tectonics

Without being able to drill into the heart of the Earth, its make-up is something of a mystery.
Research from China and the US suggests that the innermost core of our planet has another, distinct region at its centre.

Tongan Volcano Creates New Island!

Level: , Topic: Restless Earth, Tectonics

“The new island is more than one kilometer (0.6 mile) wide, two kilometers (1.2 miles) long and about 100 meters (328 feet) high”

Geo-engineering: Climate fixes ‘could harm billions’

Level: Topic: Atmosphere

Geo-engineering: This is the so far unproven science of intervening in the climate to bring down temperatures.

2014 warmest year on record, say US researchers

Level: Topic: Atmosphere

Last month, the World Meteorological Organization released provisional figures that predicted the past 12 months were set to be record breakers.

The long-term global average temperature is calculated from data collected between 1951 and 1980.

The UK is braced for stormy weather

Level: Topic: Atmosphere, Latest news

Thousands of homes are still without power and more disruption was expected as the second of two storms is due to hit.

Volcano Erupts Destroying Cape Verde Villages

Level: , Topic: Restless Earth, Tectonics

Hundreds of residents lose their homes as the eruption of Pico do Fogo destroys two villages. A brilliant case study of the disadvantages of living near a volcano.

Climate Change Research: TED TALKS

Level: Topic: Atmosphere

TED TALKS are a fantastic resource at A level.

What lies below the ice: Atmosphere wider reading

Level: Topic: Atmosphere

A quick read on the use of ice cores to reconstruct paleoclimates (climates of the past).

NASA Climate change website: wider reading atmosphere topic

Level: , Topic: Atmosphere, Cold Environments

NASA Global climate change website. Worth checking out for your wider reading around climate change and cold environments.

Discovering Antarctica: Wider reading/research for AS/A2 students

Level: , Topic: Atmosphere, Cold Environments, Energy, Featured

A fantastic A level geography site on Antarctica covering many of our topics to improve our synopticity and get us ‘Thinking like geographers!”.