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Cold and High Altitude Environments

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Base Knowledge and Understanding

Base knowledge and understanding

 
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Base Level

Context

 

The aims of this lesson:

  • to look at cold and high-altitude environments as polar regions, glacial areas, periglacial areas and high mountains in non-tropical latitudes
  • to describe the relief and climatic characteristics that makes cold and high-altitude environments extreme
  • to explain how these characteristics present challenges for resource development and human habitation
  • to explain the global distribution of cold and high-altitude environments
 
Cold and high-altitude environments:

Polar

Glacial

Halley VI poised for a busy construction season.
2009-08-12

Periglacial

High mountain

Patterned Ground
Wandering around St-Véran
 
Geography Activities

Cold and High Altitude Environment Definitions

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high-altitude
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polar
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glacial
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periglacial
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non-tropical latitudes
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relief
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climate/climatic
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resource development
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habitation
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

The relief and climatic characteristics that makes cold and high-altitude environments extreme

What characteristics of the relief and climate make the images on the hand-out extreme? Can you quote some related facts and figures? Annotate your research onto the images.

The image of the alpine village is of Saint-Véran - the most elevated commune of the French Republic.

 
Relief, Climate, Resource Development and Human Habitation
Relief, Climate, Resource Development and Human Habitation
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Challenges for resource development and human habitation

For each of the extreme characteristics you have listed describe how they present a challenge for resource development and human habitation. Annotate this onto the images on the hand-out.
 
Geography Activities

Global distribution of cold environments

 

The World Map of Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification shows the different types of climate you will find across the globe. The classification is based upon the main climate, precipitation and temperature.

Focus on EF and ET.

 

Climate Classification Map

Click on the map to view a larger version

 
Climate Classification Map Key
 
A4 Version
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Google Earth Placemark
Google Earth Version | Source
 
Geography Activities

Global distribution of high-altitude environments

Fold Mountains
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Explain the global distribution of high-altitude environments

How are fold mountains formed?
 
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Explain the global distribution of cold environments

Why are the cold environments cold?
 

Solar Radiation

Geography Review

Review

 
Explain the global distribution of cold and high-altitude environments. [6 marks]
 
Explain the global distribution of cold and high-altitude environments
 
What do you know of the world's mountain ranges?
Mountains Ranges of the World
Mountains of the World
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