A2 Unit 4 Geography - Tectonic activity and hazards (specific to 2012 pre-release)

Basic plan for the exam, some potential questions, structure of the report, an almost exemplar report. 

Excuse the mistakes on the report, it was done in exam conditions and copied out onto the computer word-for-word. I've mentioned the mark i was given by my teacher, and he's a harsh marker. 

Hope this helps. 


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Tectonics Exam

Jordanna Wetenhall

Explore and Research Focus
Explore the range of factors that make tectonic activity increasingly hazardous to humans and how
the impact of disasters varies over time.
Research a range of social and economic impacts, resulting from seismic and volcanic hazards in
contrasting locations, and how…

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1.1 ­ Methodology
Demonstrate what you researched
Why did you research these?
Analyse the sources, are they biased?
Case studies ­ why did you choose these?
How are these researched sources suitable and how do they apply ­ are they transferrable?
Say how you will conclude the report: "At the…

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unpredictable nature of plate moving increasingly hazardous because populations become ignorant,
exponential damage increases and policies of evacuation become disregarded.
2.3 ­ Frequency and magnitude of tectonic events
Frequency has indefinitely increased over time, and magnitude has also
5 highest mag earthquakes occurred within last 50 yrs.
Death toll and…

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HDI ­ 0.884
3. Haitian Earthquake
12th January, 2010 ­ 4.53pm
6.8-7.0 magnitude earthquake ­ 52 aftershocks, shallow focus
Devastated capital Port-au-Prince, massive poverty in slum dwellings, thus poor infrastructure
HDI ­ 0.532
222,000 dead, 300,000 injured
Child smuggling, trafficking, looting, etc. Political instability did not aid the criminal activity…

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7.6 magnitude earthquake ­ rural location
200,000 effected
HDI ­ 0.504
12. Kobe, Japan
17th January 1995, 5.46am
6.8 ­ 7.3 magnitude earthquake
Shallow focus
6,434 people died
$100+ billion damage
13. Christchurch, New Zealand
7.1 magnitude
4th September 2010, 4.35am
Widespread damage, especially to the ancient structures of the…

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R ­ research, 15 Use of appropriate case studies, with evidence of where the information came from
methodolog and an appreciation of likely bias.
A ­ analysis, 20 The degree to which the research supports the question set, with evidence of clear
application, understanding of different values/perspectives about the…

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2.0 ­ Main body, begin argument, brief statement
2.1 ­ Population and Urbanisation
2.1.1 ­ Sub conclusion
2.2 ­ Technology/Development
2.2.1 ­ Sub conclusion
2.3 ­ Frequency and magnitude
2.3.1 ­ Sub Conclusion
Park model?
Hazard event profile
Convection current cell
3.0 ­ Conclusion ­ overriding argument must…

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Human population and urbanisation has dramatically increased
Technological advances
The frequency of the events and their magnitude has been amplified
A social impact is any impact that directly affects human life, such as injury, loss of livelihood or death, either
personally or in a community. An economic impact is an…

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At the end of my report I will conclude an overriding argument to assess my research and include a bibliography to
cite relevant sources.
2.1 Population and Urbanisation
As a result of population growth and the expansion of the urban population worldwide over the past few
decades, the hazardousness…

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After the initial quake almost all buildings in the capital collapsed. The slum dwellings, and poor infrastructure
meant that the people's capacity to cope and their vulnerability is significantly heightened.
222,000 people died, and the additional aftershocks prevented rescue efforts. In almost all earthquakes, there
tends to be a series…


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