New Sea Defences at Withernsea

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The front of Withernsea has extensive coastal defences including a sea wall, groynes and rock armour. To the south of Withernsea, the sea defences were extended using rock armour. However, over time this has led to increased rates of erosion to the south of the defences as sediment is trapped by groynes along the front of Withernsea. The eroded material is not replaced leaving a very gently sloping beach which, even during neap tides, leads to the sea reaching the base of the cliff increasing erosion. This stretch of land is some of the most rapidly eroding along the Holderness Coast. 

Withernsea - Terminal Groyne Effect

Withernsea – Terminal Groyne Effect

The increased rate of erosion has led to the rapid loss of land, particularly along the front of the Golden Sands Holiday Park. More than 20 holiday homes have had to be either demolished or moved in the last few years. Also under threat is the main road connecting the village of Holmpton to the town of Withernsea. 

Erosion at Golden Sands Holiday Park between 2018 and 2020

To protect Holmpton Road, local houses and businesses being lost to coastal erosion new sea defences are being installed. Four hundred metres of rock armour is being installed along this stretch of coast. A total of 63,000 tonnes of anorthosite, a rock similar to granite, will be transported from Norway to the site off Golden Sands Holiday Park over the next few months. The project will protect about 70 homes and more than 250 holiday chalets and static caravans.

A £3m grant, which allowed the £7 million scheme to go ahead after other bids had failed, was provided by the European Regional Development Fund at the end of last year.

The rock is being transported from the quayside quarry in Rekefjord, on the southern coast of Norway, and is being transported in 5000-tonne shipments by barge. The rocks are then dropped from the barge using heavy machinery when weather conditions are favourable. When the tide goes out the rock is then transported up the beach. 

Rock being dropped from a barge

Each rock weighs between one and ten tonnes and will be used to create an interlocking rock structure, designed to prevent the sea from eroding the cliffs.

Construction started in May 2020 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The cliffs to the south of Withernsea Cliffs are currently being re-profiled and rock armour is being placed onto the newly gently sloping cliffs and along their base. 

Cliff reprofiling and the first installation of rock armour

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Typhoon Hagibis Online Resources

Typhoon Hagibis has brought deadly flooding and landslides to large parts of Japan.

Hagibis – meaning “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog – is Japan’s biggest typhoon in six decades.

It hit the Izu Peninsula, south-west of Tokyo, shortly before 19:00 local time (10:00 GMT) on Saturday, before continuing to move up the eastern coast of Japan’s main island.

Typhoons

Hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones: What’s the difference?

Cause of Typhoon Hagibis

Japan gets ready for Typhoon Hagibis – BBC Newsround 

Typhoon Hagibis bears down on Japan

Preparation for Typhoon Hagibis

Japan orders evacuations as Typhoon Hagibis arrives – The Guardian

Government preparing for Typhoon Hagibis – Japan Times




Impact of Typhoon Hagibis

Typhoon Hagibis: Storm biggest to hit Japan in decades – BBC

Typhoon Hagibis: Japan suffers deadly floods and landslides from the storm – BBC

Typhoon Hagibis in pictures by the BBC

Rains, tornado, earthquake: Typhoon Hagibis forecast to be Japan’s worst in 6 decades – USA Today

Typhoon Hagibis: Japan deploys military rescuers as deadly storm hits – BBC

As Typhoon Hagibis apprached Japan a magnitude 5.3 earthquake shook southern Japan. The earthquake and the typhoon were seperate events and were not linked.

Typhoon Hagibis Slams Into Japan After Landslides, Floods and a Quake

Immediate Response to Typhoon Hagibis

Rugby World Cup 2019: Canada players help recovery effort after Namibia match cancelled – BBC Sport

Typhoon Hagibis: Japan deploys military rescuers as deadly storm hits – BBC

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Geography in the News Quiz – September 2019

Have you got what it takes to smash our September 2019 geography in the news quiz?

Name the hurricane that devastated the Bahamas in early September.

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Which member of the royal family announced his use of carbon off-setting in early September?

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex practise carbon offsetting in their private travel. Carbon offsetting allows passengers to pay extra to help compensate for the carbon emissions produced from their flights.

Below is a headline from an article on the Independent news website. Identify the missing words. The Chernobyl effect? Tourism booming in _____________ ______________ as visitors pile in to see town almost flooded off the map

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Returning to Hurricane Dorian, who used a sharpie to attempt to defended his false claim that Hurricane Dorian was likely to hit Alabama?

An image of Hurricane Dorian edited using a Sharpie
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President Donald Trump was the one who used a black Sharpie marker to alter an official National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map to include Alabama in Hurricane Dorian's trajectory during an Oval Office presentation earlier this week, The Washington Post reported.

Future global food supplies could be under threat due to declining supplies of which mineral?

Food Resources
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According to the Independent 'phosphate fertiliser 'crisis' threatens world food supply'. The use of essential rock phosphate has soared, but scientists fear it could run out within a few decades.

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Which country's mountain lost its highest peak title due to global heating?

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The mountain peak known to Swedes as their country’s highest can no longer lay claim to the title due to global heating, scientists have confirmed, as the glacier at its summit shrinks amid soaring Arctic temperatures.

Which area of the UK exceeded its renewables target for electricity a year ahead of time?

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A Stormont target on electricity from renewables has been exceeded a year ahead of time. The target was for 40% of power in Northern Ireland to be generated from renewable sources by 2020. But statistics published early in September show that for the 12 months to June 2019, the figure stood at 44%, the vast bulk of which was generated by wind.

On the 26th September 2019 a city-sized iceberg separated from which ice shelf?

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Which hurricane broke the record for the strongest storm to reach the north and east of the Atlantic Ocean?

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"The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say - we will never forgive you." Who said this in a speech in September 2019.

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Scientists believe a giant floating island of pumice could help restore which ecosystem?

The Guardian
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Scientists believe a giant floating island of pumice could help restore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The pumice came from an underwater volcano that erupted near North Tonga and formed a floating island about the size of Manhattan. As it heads towards Australia’s northeastern coast, scientists say living organisms will hitch a ride on the pumice and bring new life to the ailing coral reefs.

David Attenborough made a plea to save which natural environment in the UK?

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Sir David has backed an initiative by the Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority to introduce an inshore trawler exclusion zone to help the kelp regenerate.

The UK's new polar research ship, which was nearly named Boaty McBoatface after an online poll, was named after which person?

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On what date did millions of people around the world take part in the first "climate strike" day?

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Research published in September suggests what 'leaks billions of microplastics'?

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Which country experienced a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on the 25th September 2019?

BBC
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A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that melting ice from Greenland, Antarctica and glaciers elsewhere is driving up sea levels across the globe. According to researchers how many people are predicted to be living in coastal areas at risk of flooding by the end of the century?

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True or false? The governing body of European football says it's going to plant 50,000 trees in the Republic of Ireland to offset emissions from people travelling to Euro 2020 matches.

Planting trees (afforestation)
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There were fears in September that a glacier could collapse on which European mountain?

Crevasses in a glacier in the Swiss Alps
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Which new "life-saving" app was used by a Scottish ambulance crew to establish the location of an injured hillwalker?

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Geography in the News - September 2019
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Over the summer sea defences have been constructed between Bacton and Walcott on the Norfolk Coast. What is the name of the technique being used?

Sediment pumped onto the beach is moved by heavy machinery Internet Geography
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Sandscaping is the name of the processes which involves building up beach material by pumping sand onto the beach from off-shore sources.

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth’s ecosystems can regenerate in that year. What date was it this year?

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Earth overshoot day was 29th July 2019. Over the past 20 years, it has moved up two months to July 29, the earliest ever.

In July, which country broke a world record by planting 350 million trees in one day?

BBC
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Ethiopia holds the record for planting the most trees in a day. Previously, the world Record for planting trees in a single day was held by India, which used 800,000 volunteers to plant more than 50 million trees in 2016.

Across which border were a set of fluorescent pink seesaws built by a pair of professors seeking to bring a playful concept of unity to the two sides of the divide?

Pink Seesaws NBC News
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Installed along the steel border fence on the outskirts of El Paso in Texas and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico, the seesaws are the invention of Ronald Rael, a professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello, an associate professor of design at San José State University, who first came up with the concept 10 years ago.

In July, flash flooding in Yorkshire led to the destruction of a bridge close to which settlement?

BBC
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The bridge is located close to Grinton.

In July, the UK experienced its hottest day on record. What was the highest temperature recorded in the UK?

The Evening Standard
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In July, the UK experienced its hottest day on record when temperatures reached a record-breaking 38.7°C at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens.

In the afternoon of Thursday 1st August the 1500 of the 6500 residents of Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire were evacuated due to the increased risk of the dam wall at which reservoir collapsing?

Google Earth
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The Toddbrook reservoir had to be reinforced to reduce the risk of collapse. This was don by the RAF dropping bags of ballast onto the damaged dam.

Name the typhoon that killed 44 people in eastern China after landslide and floods in August.

The Guardian
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The typhoon that affected China in August was Lekima.

In August it was announced drugs show ‘90% survival rate’ in a breakthrough trial for which virus?

Medical Xpress
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Ebola may soon be a "preventable and treatable" disease after a trial of two drugs showed significantly improved survival rates, scientists have said. Four drugs were trialled on patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there is a major outbreak of the virus. More than 90% of infected people can survive if treated early with the most effective drugs, the research showed.

Where did rare lightening strikes occur on 10th August 2019?

National Geographic
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The North Pole lightning was detected by The National Weather Service of Fairbanks, a mere 300 miles from the North Pole between 4 pm and 6 pm on August 10.

In which city did a devastating slum fire destroy homes of more than 10,000 people?

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A devastating slum fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, destroyed homes of more than 10,000 people. The majority of the slum's residents are low-paid workers from nearby garment factories.

Which country mourned the death of a glacier in August 2019?

Euro News
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Ok Glacier is the first in Iceland to be formally declared dead ice.

President Trump announced he wanted to buy Greenland in August 2019. Greenland is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of which country?

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Greenland is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Greenland.

In August which city tightened rules on skyscrapers over wind tunnel fears?

Daily Mail
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Tougher building rules for skyscrapers have been drawn up by the City of London because of concerns that a high-rise, urban microclimate will generate winds capable of knocking over cyclists and pedestrians.

Who sailed the Atlantic Ocean to participate in UN climate summits in New York City and Chile?

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Greta Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic.

President Trump was also in the news in August suggesting nuclear weapons should be used to combat which natural hazard?

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Using nuclear weapons to destroy hurricanes is not a good idea according to the US scientific agency. You know this, I know this, he doesn't know this.

Which disease did the UK lose its eradicated status by the World Health Organisation in August 2019?

NHS Direct
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Measles has returned to four European nations previously seen as free of the illness, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The disease is no longer considered eradicated in Albania, the Czech Republic, Greece and the UK.

Identify two ecosystems affected by wild-fires during August 2019.

ABC News
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Wildfires affected both tropical rainforests and tundra during August 2019.

Which celebrity and environmental campaigner announced a $5 million pledge to help reduce the number of fires in the Amazon rainforest?

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Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has announced a $5 million pledge to help reduce the number of fires in the Amazon rainforest. It comes amid a global outcry over fires in the Brazilian Amazon, with celebrities calling for action and pledging to donate to efforts in order to tackle the issue.

The outlook for which World Heritage site was officially downgraded from poor to very poor due to climate change?

UNESCO
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The Great Barrier Reef's outlook has been officially downgraded from poor to very poor due to climate change. Rising sea temperatures thanks to human-driven global warming remain the biggest threat to the reef, a five-year Australian government report says.

Geography in the News Summer 2019
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Hi Donald, thanks for having a go at the summer 2019 geography quiz. Don't go nuking any hurricanes now.
You're an advisor to Donald Trump?

Oh dear, you're probably qualified to advise Donald Trump. You could do with reading the news a bit more often.
You're no Donald Trump!

Not bad. You're probably smarter than Donald Trump. Keep reading and watching the news.
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Our eigth homework is based on an article on the BBC news website examines the tornadoes that have occurred in Lee County, eastern Alabama, USA. View the article.

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  • 4/6 figure grid references
  • sketches from photographs
  • height on a map
  • longitude and latitude
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  • gradient, contour & spot height
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Geography in the News Research and Evaluation

Internet Geography has developed a series of guided Geography in the News homework activities that encourage wider reading around current affairs in geography. However, if you are looking for a more open-ended activity consider downloading our Geography in the News research template. The template encourages students to review the sources of information they find using the CRAAP analysis and provides support in identifying synoptic links.