Welcome to the Geography Resource Page

Below are some useful resources, links and rantings for Geography students and teachers.

Geography Skills- Battleship Game

My First post in a while (over a year). Anyway, I was thinking how Battleship is an excellent way for students to understand the different types of coordinate systems on maps. In particular, Alpha-numeric systems and the classic numeric-numeric systems such as Area Reference and Grid Reference. So, looking up online Battleship games I could not find a suitable one for the classroom (lots of ones with pop ups etc), so created my own paper one drawing significant inspiration from Pencil and Paper Games. So, attached is the paper copy for you to download and click on the link to get the rules and variations from Pencil and Paper Games.Sometime soon, I'll make a latitude and longitude version.
I made this using an old grid generator called "Gridomatic", the Snipping Tool, PowerPoint and then Word. No fancy software really.


Think Like A Geographer

List of Questions every Geographer Should Be Asking

I looked at this many years ago and still think it relevant now. Might make a poster of this and put it up in my classroom!
The set of questions that Slater suggests should be in every geography inventory include the following:
  • Where is it?
  • Where does it occur?
  • What is there?
  • Why is it there?
  • Why is it not elsewhere?
  • What could be there?
  • Could it be elsewhere?
  • How much is there at that location?
  • Why is it there rather than anywhere else?
  • How far does it extend already?
  • Why does it take a particular form or structure that it has?
  • Is there regularity in its distribution?
  • What is the nature of that regularity?
  • Why should the spatial distributional pattern exhibit regularity?
  • Where is it in relation to others of the same kind?
  • What kind of distribution does it make?
  • Is it found throughout the world?
  • Is it universal?
  • Where are its limits?
  • What are the nature of those limits?
  • Why do those limits constrain its distribution?
  • What else is there spatially associated with that phenomenon?
  • Do these things usually occur together in the same places?
  • Why should they be spatially associated?
  • Is it linked to other things?
  • Has it always been there?
  • When did it first emerge or become obvious?
  • How has it changed spatially (through time)?
  • What factors have influenced its spread?
  • Why has it spread or diffused in this particular way?
  • What geographic factors have constrained its spread?
Source: Timothy L. Nyerges and Reginald G. Golledge, NCGIA Core Curriculum in GIS, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, University of California, Santa Barbara, Unit 007, http://www.ncgia.ucsb.edu/giscc/units/u007/u007_f.html, posted November 12, 1997.

Global Environments- Biomes

This is a little Flash Learning Object I've put together. I'd be interested in some feedback on how to improve it so you teachers can use it better. I've rushed the information and images. So, if anyone has better info, please send it my way and I'll fix it up.

Link: Biomes Map

Ecosystems at Risk Case Studies

Link: http://www.mrstevennewman.com/geo/index.html

Here is a website that I compiled on the run that summarise three Ecosystems at Risk case studies. I found resources all over the place and put it together. Please let me know if you know the source of the info so I can reference them properly throughout. Click Here to go to the site.

Utility Values of Ecosystems

Here is a link from New Sceintist which summarises the economic value of ecosystems globally,  How Much Would You Pay For Planet Earth?

Here is a snippet from the article:

The cash value of Earth's biomes

Values are in dollars per hectare per year. The range represents the different values of biomes of each type around the world, with the top end of each range corresponding to prime locations (Source: TEEB)

Coral reefs (tropical and subtropical): $14 - $1,195,000

Key values: tourism, storm protection, fish nurseries

Coastal wetlands: $2000 - $215,000

Key values: waste purification, fish nurseries, storm protection

Other coastal systems: $248 - $80,000

Key values: tourism, fish nurseries

Inland wetlands: $1000 - $45,000

Key values: natural water reservoirs, waste treatment

Rivers and lakes: $1800 - $13,000

Key values: water supply, waste treatment, tourism

Tropical forests: $91 - $23,000

Key values: climate regulation, gene banks (for medicinal plants, for example), erosion prevention

Temperate and boreal forests: $30 - $4900

Key values: Food, gene banks, watershed protection

Woodlands: $16 - $2000

Key values: timber and other forest products, waste treatment

Grasslands: $300 - $3100

Key values: climate regulation, watershed protection



I'm in love with this resource that a friend of mine told me about. He's an engineer for a water board and he uses the info in his job.  For those of you who want to use GIS in the classroom (where someone else loaded up data), go to  http://viewer.numaps.com.au/

Ecosystems at Risk Case Study- Coastal Sand Dunes

Click HERE to access a  web based Case Study  on Coastal Sand Dunes I compiled.  It should be working on IE and Safari now, let me know! You can also download the booklet that goes with this case study  below.

I recomend you Download Mozilla Firefox anyway as it is agreat browser and it's free! If you want, you can download Mozilla Firefox Portable from Portable apps so you can carry it on your flash drive.


Refugees- Types of Population Movements

So, apparently "boat people"/ refugees is a serious political issue in Australia. If we were to believe the politicians and the media, Australia is currently being "invaded". Here are a couple of interesting tid bits that might put things into perspective.
  • Asylum Seeker Fact Sheet
  • Also, this little graphic might challenge the idea that we are experincing a full scale invasion.
source: Crikey

Singleton HSC Study Day Notes

Below are the presentation, handouts and summary grids that I presented at the study day on 28th March 2010. If their are any questions, please feel free to email me. :D Please note that I set these up before the New HSC Geography Exam Format. Please adjust this accordingly.


SGP Resources

Below are some resources for my students to work on their SGP.

Bio Interactions Kosi Unit

Download the unit of work below.

Photos from Trip

  • You can download the kml file below and open it up in Google Earth.
  • The Field booklet is also linked below.

View Kosicuszko Walk 2010 in a larger map

Virtual Kosciuszko Map

This is to help with the assessment task.

Operation of Global Networks- The Music Industry

The following link is an excellent and tangible way for studnets to appreciate how World Cities are interconnected via advance producer services. It utilises the Music Industry.

The World According to iTunes: Creative Project Ecologies and the Global Urban Networks of Digital Music Production

Responses to Challenges- Lagos

Megacity Challenges- Jakarta

Megacity Article

Link: http://www.nae.edu/Publications/TheBridge/Archives/V29-4UrbanizationEngineering/MegacitiesandtheDevelopingWorld.aspx

You can download a print version of the article below. An intersting article written from an engineer's perspective.

Traffic Challenges megacities- Shanghai

Sewage Problems- Mexico City

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