Thursday, 19 April 2012

Word of the Week

Word of the Week is just one of the features of the VITAL Geography Portal which I manage.
You can check it out and subscribe for just £10....

Here are the entries so far (A-G), some of which will shortly be archived...
The locations are the locations of images of each feature which appear on the portal page.

Gryke - the name for the gap between the blocks (clints) on a limestone pavement
Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales
Fen - a tract of low-lying, marshy land, often drained by humans. Especially refers to the region around the Wash in Eastern England, with areas of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire
The Cambridgeshire Fens
Erg - In the Sahara, that part of the desert whose surface is covered in sand (as opposed to the Hammada or rocky uplands, which have been swept clear of sand by the wind
Erg Chebbi, Morocco
Dirt  cone - a conical accumulation of detritus on a glacier surface - may be up to 2m in height and is often ice cored
Solheimajokull Glacier, Iceland - the black ash is from the Eyjafjallajokull eruption
Crepuscular rays: Rays of sunlight which shine through breaks in heavy cloud, also sometimes called Jacob's ladder and often seen at dawn or dusk
Lincolnshire Fens

Beach cusp: an accumulation of shingle on a beach which leads to regular scallop shaped indentations at the front of the beach.
Runswick Bay, East Yorkshire

Aretefrom the French - a sharp mountain ridge, often formed by the erosion of two adjoining corrie glaciers. A peak with three aretes radiating from its summit is called a pyramidal peak or horn (the Matterhorn is one of the best examples)
Coir' a' Ghrunnda, Isle of Skye.


What would you have as your geographical  WORDS OF THE WEEK for the remaining letters of the alphabet ?
A chance for you to get your favourite landscape feature or geography phrase in there - if you have a picture that I could use then so much the better :)


Also, watch out for some new Teachshares coming soon for discussing some of the key themes of geography education as we enter the Summer term...

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