MAPPING AND PHYSICAL LOCATION
The first aspect we will look at in the lives of Sarah, Cheng and Addi is the physical location of the country of their birth.
Sarah - Port Lincoln
Cheng - Bejing
Addi - Mogadishu
In this task you are to describe the physical location of the country and details for the city for each country. Use the atlas's and information provided to create a description for each location.
You will need to hand up a 500 word report outlining the following;
Geographic features of the country / city
Hand drawn population graphs for each country
Hand drawn climate graph created from provided statistics.
Summary that compares the information for each city.
Summary of any issues that the physical location and conditions may have on the children.
You may use computers for research / type up report if you wish but graphs must be hand drawn. All resources will be printed out and available for use in classroom, as well as access to library resources and atlases.
Population Pyramids for each country
HOW DO I DESCRIBE A COUNTRIES GEOGRAPHICAL FEATURES ?
Since geographers often need to describe the environment which they are studying, the ability to describe things accurately is a useful skill in geography. These descriptions can serve as useful sources of information for reports and essays, if they are a precise and comprehensive reflection of the feature.
Climate :When describing climate, most people immediately refer to temperature. Climate, however, also includes features such as rainfall, air pressure and wind (speed and direction). Equipment such as thermometers and weather vanes is required to accurately measure and describe these features. If the landscape is pictured in a photograph, however, then information to describe the climate must be obtained by observing and analysing the landscape. In the case of a picture featuring crops of rice, it could be assumed that the climate must be warm and wet, since rice requires these conditions to grow in.
Landforms are a broad range of physical features which include mountains, valleys, glaciers, basins and peninsulas. Generally comprising a large proportion of any landscape, landforms vary in appearance and structure. Since landforms can vary to such a great extent, they need to be described in detail. Even two hills can contrast in elevation (height), slope and orientation (position).See image 2. Landforms can vary in appearance and structure.
It is also important to be able to describe aqueous (relating to water) landforms. They include rivers, waterfalls, creeks, lakes and dams. Easily observable characteristics including size, shape and condition are often a good way to begin describing these landforms. It is also important to mention whether the feature is artificial (man-made) or altered, since advances in recent technology have enabled an increasing number of aqueous landforms to be constructed by humans.
Landuse is a cultural feature, since it refers to the ways in which humans use their surrounding environment. Humans use the land for agricultural (growing crops), pastoral (grazing livestock) and industrial purposes. They also use natural resources, such as forest crops, to built houses, shops and parks. Aside from food and shelter, humans use their environment for transportation (including road, rails, sea and air).
Settlements are cultural features which include cities and towns. Settlements can be described in a number of ways. Describing where a settlement is located and what it is near or next to is often a good place to start. It is also important to describe the inhabitants of the settlement, including the number, density, age and gender of the population.
Vegetation generally refers to the plant life which covers an area of land. It includes forests, meadows and woodlands. When describing vegetation, detail is important. There is much variation even within forests. Tropical rainforests, for example, markedly contrast with boreal conifer forests. Since not everyone can describe the specific types of forests and plant species, it is often best to describe obvious features. This may include such things as how extensive, sparse or scattered the vegetation is.
adapted from: http://www.skwirk.com/p-c_s-16_u-188_t-629_c-2334/describing-places/nsw/describing-places/geography-skills/what-is-geography-
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