Geography of the Alps

Content

  • Statement of inquiry
    • Scientific and technical innovators need to understand how power affects the processes that occur within systems.
  • Factual questions [Remembering facts and topics]
  • Conceptual questions [Analysing big ideas]
  • Debatable questions [Evaluating perspectives and developing theories]
  • Aims of this lesson
    • To understand the complex geography of the European Alps.
Context

Context

Think

What makes 'the Alps'?

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Base map

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[Source]

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Topography

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Major peaks

Here are the twelve four-thousanders with at least 1,000 metres (3,281 ft) of prominence:

PeakHeight above Sea Level (metres)
Mont Blanc4810
Monte Rosa4634
Dom4545
Weisshorn4506
Matterhorn4478
Grand Combin4314
Finsteraarhorn4273
Aletschhorn4193
Barre des Écrins4102
Gran Paradiso4061
Piz Bernina4049
Weissmies4017

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Major cities

The dots on the base map represent major cities - label them.

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Major ski resorts

Ski ResortKilometres of piste
Portes du Soleil650
Les Trois Valleys600
Evasion Mont Blanc (Megève)445
Paradiski425
Les Sybelles Ski Area310
Espace Killy300
Grand Massif265
Alpe d'Huez236
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Extension: Bodies of Water | Languages

Name the bodies of water and rivers on the base map.

Can you add an overlay of the various dominant languages of the Alps? This would be a good starting point: Hyperlink

Review

Review

Where in the Alps have you been? Where have you driven to? Where have you flown over?

Try and mark your map with areas you have experienced and areas you are yet to experience.