What features make an extreme environment? Where is the study area? What are the physical features and processes: land, ocean and air? How are the processes connected locally and globally? How have people perceived and used the area in the past? What are the present uses and issues? What values do people hold? What are the future options? What are your personal interpretations? Cape Farewell - Questions
Weather and climate Ocean currents Global warming Vegetation and soil The food chain; land, ice, sea and air Glaciers and sea ice Historic Mining Fishing and whaling Tourism Scientific research Conservation Cape Farewell –Geographical topics
A 100 page file with teacher’s lesson notes, suggested student activities and resources A colour supplement of maps and photos Two 20 minute videos, also as DVD A CD-Rom The complete pack given free to 6 of the Pilot GCSE schools Evaluation about to take place Further decisions to be made about how to market the resource Cape Farewell –Teaching resources
Cape Farewell - Key features • A global issue studied through place • Geographical concepts for the OCR course; interdependence, globalisation, futures • Exploring the complexity of systems • Issues, values and decision taking • Map, data and other skills • Links with work in science • Interpretations through art
‘A floating crystal castle the colour of a silver veil, yet hard as marble and the sea around it as smooth as glass and white as milk.’ St Brendan, sixth century
Following the west coast of the most southerly island, I see mist-dripping peaks, low-slung tidewater glaciers unleavening themselves into whitecaps. In spring ice eaten by water equals the past in the future; but water eaten by ice represents past and future in the present. Glaciers are archives. They store time, pollen, bones, weather events, bodies. Ice is always teaching water about cold, and water is swallowing itself. It takes 1000 years for a drop of water to go through the ocean’s global circulation. ‘One drop goes a long way,’ somebody says.