Natural Hazards Data For The Classroom

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I came across these resources on natural disasters on a web site run by Munich Reinsurance. There are a number of documents that can be downloaded for free – and they contain a lot of useful statistical information that might be helpful in the classroom.

Link to the site is:

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Google Expeditions VR Resources

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Those of you that have engaged with Google’s VR Expeditions may be interested in this Google Doc that summarises all of the locations that are now covered by this service. More are being added all the time, and the list is already pretty impressive!



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Join In With The New Craze Of ‘Plogging’

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On a recent trip to Iceland, I learnt of a new outdoor activity – ‘plogging’. This is a new exercise trend which combines jogging with picking up litter. The activity has been promoted by the President himself, who has been trying to clean up the area around his home in Bessastadir. The trend actually originated in Sweden, but has become very popular in Iceland – with its own dedicated Facebook page where members show pictures of their efforts. Might it catch on in the UK?

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OS Maps 3D Fly-Through Tool


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The OS Maps app now contains a new feature for Premium customers – a 3D fly-through tool. This is a wonderful addition, and really helpful in visualising a chosen walking route before you actually step outside. It produces an almost cinematic overview of the selected route, along with elevation information and names of points of interest. Could be really useful for risk assessments!

The fly-through works on all of the OS Maps routes on the web site, and is currently available via your PC or your ‘phone browser – but not yet the app.

If you haven’t already signed up to this service – do not hesitate to do so. You can use a range of basic functions for free as a registered user, or you can sign up to enjoy all the benefits of premium subscription from just £2.99 a month.

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Further details are available at:

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Could One Of Your Students Be The ‘RGS Young Geographer Of The Year?’

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There is still plenty of time for your students to enter the RGS Young Geographer of the Year competition. This year’s theme gives students an opportunity to explore the geography of the Arctic, and discover what makes this polar environment so unique.

PDF Entry Form: Young-Geographer-of-the-Year-2018-Competition-Guidelines_1

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New 3D Resources in Google Earth

Google Earth is constantly updating its 3D imagery, and over the last year over 100 new cScreenHunter_06 Jun. 27 12.33ities have been added to the library – while already listed cities like London, New York and Amsterdam have been improved with sharper imagery. It might be worth revisiting this resource if you have not checked it for a while, to see if any new images are available for your chosen lesson content.

Recent additions include: Nassau (Bahamas), Bangkok, Mecca, Berlin, Lisbon, Tunis, Stockholm, Zurich and Pyongchang (South Korea).

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Recent UK sites now available in 3D include:
Belfast, Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, Glasgow, Manchester, Oxford, Southend, and Stonehenge.

Google 3D Imagery Explained:

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Climate Change Visualisations


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These interesting visualisations may be helpful in any lessons dealing with climate change. The scales are different on each chart, but they do clearly show the long term rise in temperatures for specific locations as a changing set of colours from blue to red. Each stripe represents the temperature of a single year, ordered from the earliest data available to the present day.

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Full data sets for each chart and further information can be found at:

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