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Sustainability in Extreme Environments

IB DP Geography
       
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Base Knowledge and Understanding

Base knowledge and understanding

 
Video Clip
Data Visualization
   
Definition human activities
sustainability
unsustainable
 
 
 
News Article
Words to be defined
 
Base Level

Context

 

The aims of this lesson:

  • To be able to discuss the degree to which human activities in extreme environments are unsustainable.
 
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  Syllabus linkage: Patterns and Change - Sustainability and the Environment
 

Option 1

Take notes by hand
Answer the questions by hand - no note-taking frame

Option 2

Google Documents note-taking frame
Answer the questions using this Google Documents note-taking frame
 
Geography Activities

Synthesis

 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

"Human activities in high altitude environments are unsustainable"

 
 
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  Syllabus linkage: Tourism - The Alpine Ski Industry
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  Eco-Business - Xinjiang to ban tourists to¬†glaciers [12 February 2016]
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powder - How a Tarp Is Helping to Save Skiing in Chamonix [12 February 2016]

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  Bloomberg Businessweek: Europe's Endangered Slopes [15 December 2006]
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

"Human activities in hot, arid environments are unsustainable"

 
[Watch from 2:28 to 12:49]
 
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  Syllabus linkage: Agriculture in Hot, Arid Environments
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  Syllabus linkage: Hot, Arid: Resource Development Uranium Mining in Niger
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  SciDev.Net: Underground oasis may boost Egypt's development [10 November 2011]
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  IRIN - Desert residents pay high price for lucrative uranium mining [30 March 2009]
 
Geography Review

Review

 

After looking at four areas of human activity in extreme environments (agriculture, mineral extraction in periglacial environments and mineral extraction in hot and arid environments and alpine tourism) do you think that human activities in extreme environments are unsustainable?

Draft a conclusion to the following exam style question:

"Human activities in extreme environments are unsustainable." Discuss the validity of this statement [10 marks]

 

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