Extreme environments revision

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Revising Extreme Environments

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Case studies and examples

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Required case studies

  • Case study of one cold environment to illustrate the issues [opportunities and challenges for mineral extraction in cold environments]
  • Case study of one arid environment to illustrate the issues [opportunities and challenges for mineral extraction in arid environments]
  • One case study illustrating the human and physical dimensions of desertification
  • One case study to highlight the issues [Increasing competition for access to resources in extreme environments]
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Required detailed examples

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Suggested examples [as an absolute minimum]

  • ee.1 The characteristics of extreme environments
    • Locations within and countries that have cold and high altitude environments (polar, glacial areas, periglacial areas, high mountains in non-polar places)
    • Locations within and countries that have hot arid environments (hot deserts and semi-arid areas)
    • Examples of relief and climatic characteristics that make environments extreme
    • Arid environment locations that experience unreliability and intensity of rainfall
    • An example of flash floods in an arid environment
    • A glacier that is retreating
    • A location experiencing natural desertification
  • ee.2 Physical processes and landscapes
    • Named and located examples of a cirques/corries, a glacial lake, pyramidal peak, arêtes glacial trough, erratics; and a glacial area that has lateral, medial and terminal moraine
    • Named and located examples of periglacial landscape features, including permafrost, thermokarst, patterned ground and pingos
    • Named and located examples of hot, arid landscape features, including dunes, wadis, rock pedestals, mesas and buttes
  • ee.3 Managing extreme environments
    • Examples of agricultural opportunities and challenges in arid areas, including irrigation access, salinization risk and land ownership
  • ee.4 Extreme environments futures
    • Solar power use in arid environments
    • Desalination use in arid environments
    • The impacts and management of global climate change in extreme environments, including adaptation by local populations
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ee.1 The characteristics of extreme environments

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ee.2 Physical processes and landscapes

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ee.3 Managing extreme environments

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ee.4 Extreme environments futures

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Extreme environments revision clock

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Extreme environments concept mapping