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WJEC Blended Learning Resources - plenty on landscapes

There is a wealth of Blended Learning resources on the WJEC / CBAC website. These are excellent and cover a great many topics suitable for 'A' level and GCSE students and also teachers who want to check their subject knowledge ahead of teaching a topic for the first time. They are free, and no account is needed. They follow a similar format to those on the SENECA website. Click BEGIN and work through the resources. Very helpful support from the awarding body.

More rockfalls at Sidmouth

Following a recent post on rockfalls at Sidmouth , there was another one over the weekend. Here's a local newspaper image to use if helpful if covering this case study from the OCR A and B textbooks. Image: Alan Parkinson, and shared under CC license

Aerial Archaeology Mapping Explorer

Thanks to Paul Berry for the tipoff to this website.  It contains a wealth of aerial imagery. The last few months of very dry weather - East Anglia is parched - have also helped archaeologists as parch marks in field reveal often previously unknown structures. The Aerial Archaeology Mapping Explorer contains details of structures which have been identified in the landscape.  Not all of the country is covered - sadly my current village is not featured, but the map screenshot below shows the area around Snettisham, where I lived for 12 years, on the North-West Norfolk shores of the Wash. There was a significant archaeological find in a field just outside the village, which is known as the Torc field for obvious reasons. Just to the NW of the part of the village where I lived is Ken Hill. Wild Ken Hill has been the home of Springwatch and related programmes for several years now. According to the site: New areas will be added to the map as soon as they are completed. New features are

Another Sidmouth cliff fall

Regular readers of the blog will know that I visit Sidmouth each year to visit the cliffs that I featured as a case study in the OCR A and B GCSE Geography books that I wrote (which are now in a 2nd edition, which is excellent). There are regular clif falls and the cliff has retreated substantially over the last few years and the East Beach is closed off to people because of the danger. I was there last week during the Sidmouth Folk Festival (which was back in person once again) and took these images. There is a smartphone mount where you can place your phone and take an image to upload to the website.  I did this to contribute to the citizen science efforts to monitor the retreat of the cliffs. It appears there was yet another cliff fall earlier, which has closed off the beach again. ⚠️ If you're soaking up the sun in #Sidmouth this weekend, please remember that access to East Beach is closed for public safety due to frequent cliff falls. Please take note of signs and follow ad

Fire of Love

This is a film I watched earlier in the week. ★★★★ - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. Don't miss the explosive Fire of Love. — Dogwoof (@Dogwoof) July 29, 2022 When I first started teaching, there were very few videos which had been made close to volcanoes. Plate Tectonics as a theory was only about twenty years old. The films we did have were mostly made by a couple of French volcanologists: Maurice and Katia Krafft. They were the Jacques Cousteau of volcanoes. He explored the sea, they prowled the edges of lava flows, photographing, filming and sampling. They made frequent media appearances and made films and wrote books to fund their research. The style of filming and the red hats are similar to those of Cousteau ( and the Wes Anderson homage as well ) They divided volcanoes into the red and the grey. The grey volcanoes were the dangerous ones... think Mt. St. Helens, Pinatubo, Nevado del Ruiz and Unzen in Japan. The film is made from media from their archive, with a few animation