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Year 9 - Risky Earth - Where?

The world is a very hazardous place, nearly every place on Planet Earth carries some risks or hazards. Hazards follow set GEOGRAPHIC PATTERNS however, and many hazards are confined to particular parts of the globe. The vast majority of Earthquakes and volcanoes are restricted to the Plate Margins, the edges of the Earth's tectonic plates.  Hurricanes can only form within the a narrow band of the Earth within and around the Tropics, whilst Avalanches occur in mountainous areas with snow cover.
Great Britain is also hazardous, we suffer from small Earthquakes, mid latitude depressions, heat waves, extreme cold and ever frequent river floods. 
 
A map of HIGH MORTALITY RISK from various hazards - adapted from resources from Geography Teaching Today
 World hazards map 2006

The map above shows here people have a high risk of dying from a hazard.  It does not mean that the areas not indicated do not have that hazard, just that people are unlikely to die from that hazard if it occurs in that place.  The map shows very clear patterns, unfortunately once more linked to the level of wealth of a place.  The most hazardous and risky places where people could die from hazards tend to be LEDCs, including large parts of sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia. Areas like Western Europe barley figure on the map, this is not because hazards do not occur here, it is just that in Western Europe people are less likely to die from those hazards.  This is because hazards are often predicted in advance giving people chance to escape, preparations and preventative measures are put in place (e.g. sand bagging in a flood) or the government has the means to return areas back to normal quickly after a hazardous event, reduce the risk of death.

FIND OUT MORE

  1. Research this interactive map on CURRENT WORLD HAZARDS, where is it risky at the moment and why?
  2. Explore these real time maps for earthquakes
  3. Research the Earth Observatory for current hazard risks
  4. Attempt the scatter game below, click on the Quizlet link for more study options
     

Research this interactive map on CURRENT WORLD HAZARDS, where is it risky at the moment and why?

Explore these real time maps for earthquakes

Research the Earth Observatory for current hazard risks

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