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Why people live in hazardous areas

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Geography Starter

Starter

 
Why would people live in each of these hazardous locations? For each image - what is the extreme natural event that threatens the location? Who are the most vulnerable people living in that location?
 
cattle,  tine cultivator
On the banks of the River Ganges, Bangladesh.
 
City Night Lights
Tokyo, Japan
 
Hills above Goma
On the flanks of Nyirangango, Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
 
Geography Activities

Activities

 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Task 1: Presentation

 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Task 2: Fatalistic Approach

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  SFGate - Tribe returns to old ways on Pinatubo / 1991 eruption drove Aeta away from volcano [11 November 2001]
 
  1. Make notes from the SFGate news article about the Aeta as an example of a possible fatalistic approach to living in a hazardous area.
  2. Produce a brief What, Where, When, Why, Who about the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.
  3. There was a group of people living near to Mt. Pinatubo that definitely didn't haven't have a fatalistic approach - who were those people? Describe their approach to living in this hazardous location.
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Task 3: Acceptance Approach

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  USGS - Earthquake Hazards of The Bay Area Today
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  Bloomberg Businessweek - San Francisco Is America's Best City in 2012 [26 September 2012]
 
  1. What is the risk of earthquake for people living in San Francisco?
  2. List 5 detailed reasons of why people choose to live in California (the benefits).
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Task 4: Adaptation Approach

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  WIRED - Istanbul Opens World’s Largest Earthquake-Safe Building [11 November 2001]
 
  1. Make notes from the WIRED news article about the construction of the world's largest earthquake safe building as an example of an adaption approach to living in a hazardous area.
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Task 5: Application to your hazard case studies.

  1. You should have at least 7 hazard case studies (two earthquakes, two hurricanes, two droughts and a human induced hazard). For each of your hazard case studies describe whether they show elements of fatalism, acceptance or adaption or a combination of the three approaches.
 
Geography Review
Homework

Review and Homework Task

 
Using examples, examine why people live in hazardous areas [6 Marks]
 

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