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Coronavirus and Geography

I saw this on Twitter this morning and it altered my thinking a little.

It raised some questions I thought might be good for you geography students to consider as well.

1/ How might the impacts of the coronavirus differ between an LIC and an HIC?

2/ How could poverty affect the impacts of the virus?

3/ How could ‘preparedness’ and infrastructure affect the impacts of the virus?

4/ Why might it be harder for an LIC than an HIC  to manage an effective response to the virus?

5/ Do you think globalisation makes the virus easier or harder to manage?

I am sure there are many other questions that could be asked. But there is no doubt that geographers have a role to play in understanding the effects and responses to the coronavirus pandemic.


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Geography reading and resources for y10

IMG_3066I will add to this list as time goes on, but for the moment I give you just a few to start with:

This looks at the problems of water shortages in South Africa and what people have tried to do to solve this South Africa water Geoactive 597

This is an article on the problems of transport in UK cities  Urban transport Geoactive 599

This is an update on global warming impacts Geoactive 594

Here you can read about the causes and effects of extreme weather in the UK Extreme UK weather Geoactive 600

UPDATE 26/3/2020

This was produced by the wonderful @mrshumanities on twitter and I link it here with no editing at all. So a big thank you to her. In it are telly programs, books, online links, films and other stuff to help you keep your LOVE of geography going

Click here to see the documents KeepLearningGeography

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Big revision guide – part 3


All your revision key word lists in one place for every topic are attached. Please note there is no way I can cover every single word you need to know for the exam here. The list is not exhaustive. Also I have tried to avoid duplication so some words will be key for more than one topic but only appear in one list.

the secret with key words is not just to know what they mean but to be able to successfully use them in an exam answer. so also practice using them by writing out full sentecnes with key words in or by going on to exam papers and finding questions you can use them in.

The link for them are hereKey words 3.4 desertificationKey words 3.3 waterKey words 3.1 & 3.2 ecosystemsKey words 2.4 Climate changeKey words 2.3 Weather and ClimateKey words 2.2 rivers and river managmentKey words 2.1 coasts and coastal managmentKey words 1.3 glob and devtKey words 1.2 urban rural UKKey words 1.1 global cities


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Big revision guide – part 2


All your revision personal learning checklists (PLCs) in one place for every topic are attached. These break each topic down into small questions that help you realise what you know and what you don’t know. They don’t provide such an overall linked up way of revising as the skeleton cards (which you can find here) but they do give you the chance to revise detailed manner and see what you need to do first by pointing out gaps in your knowledge.

Personally i would start by using these to check what I think I know and think i dont know, then use the skelton cards and then come back again when id finshed the topic use the PLC once more.

The links for them are here Eduqas GCSE B Geography PLC

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Big revision guide – part 1


The link below gives you a breakdown of each topic in the GCSE you need to revise. All your revision skeleton revision guides in one place for every topic are attached. These break each topic down into 4-6 questions. They aren’t as detailed as a PLC (which you can find here) but give you the chance to revise in a more joined up and linked together way by seeing the work in larger chunks. I advie using them by taking each question or chunk one at a time and revising that and then testing yourself on what you have learnt. Or get someone else to test you; I know your parents or carers would love to assist you if you asked.

The link for them is here all skeletons

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All coasts topic revision


Everything you need (apart from learning it testing yourself and revising it of course) is here. Lots of videos from the time for geography website and some revision pages too.

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Multinational Companies: are they a good thing or not?

Multinational corporations (MNCs) are very large global companies which have their headquarters in HICs but often manufacture their products in LICs, where the production costs are lower. When MNCs locate within LICs they can bring a number of advantages to the local community, but they can also bring negative impacts.

  • They create stable employment and regular income for their local employees. This in turn leads to increased spending, and a number of other benefits to the local community – this is known as the multiplier effect. (see photo below)
  • They often help to develop the local infrastructure including roads, water and power supplies.
  • They bring foreign investment which means the local economy is improved without using taxpayers’ money.
  • They may also contribute to social welfare projects including improving health and education.
  • Workers are often exploited with poor working conditions, long hours and low pay.
  • Health and safety standards are lower than in HICs, resulting in workers being exposed to a higher risk of accidents.
  • The higher-paid managerial positions often go to foreign workers.
  • Profits mainly go back to the country of origin rather than being used to improve the local area.
  • Environmental regulations are often less restrictive in LICs, resulting in air, water and land pollution, and loss of wildlife habitats.

Revision task: a) categorise these effects into negative and positive as well as into social environmental and economic b) read these notes on Nike to see how one example fits into this overall pattern Nike revision notes



The Multiplier Effect

Also remember the videos we have watched on the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh and how that shows poor working conditions and non-existent workers right/health and safety at work

Eight Storeys from Emily Yeung on Vimeo.

So the BIG question is: Do you think MNCs are a good thing or not? Exam type 8 mark questions on this might look like… “Evaluate the impacts of MNCs in LICs”