Thursday, 30 October 2008

Why could Miss Blackmore's dad not get to work today?

You all know I'm a fan of mysteries in Geography!

The town of Ottery St Mary, east Devon, was cut off this morning by torrential overnight storms which caused 6ft high drifts of hailstones! More than 3 inches of rain and hail fell between 6pm on Wednesday and 8am this morning. More than 100 people had to be evacuated from their homes. Cars were buried up to their roofs in hasilstones. It is thought that the situation became so severe because hailstones blocked drains and caused serious flooding as more rain fell.

Click on the map above to see it in more detail!

To find out more, check out these articles...
October's weird weather continues as village is inundated by 6ft drifts of hailstones
'Freak' hail causes flood chaos (includes video)
Freak storm leaves Devon town like 'lunar landscape' under 2ft of hail (includes video)
Arborfield blog (look at the amazing pictures on this blog!)

Not forgetting the mystery question, my dad couldn't get to work today because he works in the town of Ottery St Mary, which was this morning under as much as 6ft of hailstones and floodwater!

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Youtube videos on climate change

Year 8 have been studying Sustainability this term. As part of the unit, we looked at various youtube videos connected to climate change.

Here's the most recent Act on CO2 advert...

Here's a couple of your favourites

Tetris and geography? Surely not...

"Statetris is an interesting game mixing aspects of the popular game 'Tetris' and geography. Instead of positioning the typical Tetris blocks, you position states/countries at their proper location. Fun, challenging and educational!"
Believe me, you'll be hooked!
Thanks to Miss Ellis for this gem.

South Georgia Webcams - Seals and Penguins!

The sub-Antarctic islands of South Georgia, 1,390 kilometres from the Falkland Islands, is a great place!

There are two webcams monitoring the seals and the penguins. The webcams show new images every 3 minutes! Take a look for yourself here: Webcam1 and Webcam2

To find out more about South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, take a look here.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Geography Map Games!

Test your knowledge of countries in different continents with these excellent quizzes...

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When you've mastered those, try the capital cities quiz...

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Good luck and have fun!

Animaniacs - Nations of the World

This video showing the nations of the world has proved a big hit with the year 7 geographers. Now you can watch it over and over again! Enjoy...