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1 AQA A Geography Revision Guide
Restless Earth AQA A Geography Revision Guide

2 The Structure of the Earth
Key Words: Crust Plates Plate Margins Mantle Convection currents

3 Major Plates forming the earth’s crust

4 Continental and Oceanic Plates
Newer Older More dense so sinks below continental plates. Less Dense so remains above an oceanic plate moving towards it 200 million years old 1500 million years old Can be destroyed as it moves down and melts in the mantle Cannot be destroyed

5 Plate Margins – what happens? Why does it happen? How does it happen?
Destructive Plate Margin – Crust is destroyed! Constructive Plate Margin – Crust is made! Conservative Plate Margin – Crust is not destroyed or made – sliding!

6 Plate Margins Key Words: Collision Subduction Friction Melting Magma
Lava Fault line Make sure that you can draw and label and explain the diagram below:

7 Fold Mountains – when plates move together...
CASE STUDY: THE ANDES MOUNTAINS Steep relief, poor soils! Definition: “Large mountain ranges where rock layers have been crumpled as they have been forced together”.

8 Andes Mountains – Facts you need to know...
Longest mountain range in world: 7000km in South America Average height 4000m! Caused by NAZCA and SOUTH AMERICAN PLATE colliding. How are they used? Farming, tourism, mining, energy from hydroelectric power.

9 How can we make use of fold mountains?
Farming – In Bolivia, many SUBSISTENCE farmers grow crops on steep slopes e.g. potatoes. They create flat land by digging in TERRACES into the side of the mountains. Terraces: Collect rainwater, stop soil erosion of thin soils. Rainfall runs off steep mountainside very quickly! Some cash crops are grown such as soybeans, rice and cotton. Idea: Make best use of the land! If the terraces were not there, soil would be washed down the mountain and so farmers would not be able to grow crops.

10 Andes Mountains – Facts you need to know...
Mining Excellent area for mining tin especially Peru. Famous mine: Yanacocha gold mine. This is jointly owned by a US company and a company based in Peru. POSITIVE: Mine brings jobs to Cajamarca (population has gone from 30,000 when the mine began to 240,000 in 2005). NEGATIVE: Pressure on services e.g. shops, hospitals and causes higher crime rates. NEGATIVE: Water sources contaminated by mining – water quality has gone down.

11 Andes Mountains – Facts you need to know...
Hydroelectric power – rivers dammed, water passed through turbines to create electricity. Steep and narrow valleys can be easily dammed. Melting snow in spring provides excellent water supply BUT there is high variation of water supply through then year – LOW in summer. Famous Hydroelectric projects: Yuncan and El Platinal.

12 Andes Mountains – Facts you need to know...
Tourism! The Inca Trail and Machu Pichu. Machu Pichu is a very famous UNESCO world heritage site. Inca Trail South America’s best known trek! 45km trek at 4200m altitude! You can see Inca ruins, lush forest, mountain scenery. Other attractions: mountain peaks, volcanoes, glaciers, lakes.

13 Ocean Trenches – when plates move together...
Definition: “Deep sections of the ocean, usually where an oceanic plate is sinking below a continental plate”. Some of the deepest parts of the ocean!

14 Composite and Shield Volcanoes
COMPOSITE volcanoes occur at DESTRUCTIVE MARGINS. SHIELD volcanoes occur at CONSTRUCTIVE MARGINS. Both types have craters, magma chambers. COMPOSITE SHIELD Steep slopes, narrow base Gentle slopes, wide base Has secondary vent and cone Low rounded peak Layers of thick lava and ash Layers of runny lava with little ash Eruptions NOT frequent but often VIOLENT Eruptions frequent and non-violent Can you label the crater, vent, magma chamber?

15 Volcanoes An example of a natural hazard: an occurrence over which people have little control, which poses a threat to people’s lives and possessions. A natural event is different as a volcano could erupt in unpopulated areas without being a hazard! The are found close to plate margins. The area around the Pacific Ocean known as the PACIFIC RING OF FIRE is especially prone to volcanic eruptions.

16 Shield Volcano Case Study
Name: Nyiragongo volcano, Congo Cause: Movement of plates in East African Rift valley Primary Effects – 60kph lava flow, lava flowed over runway closing Goma airport, lava split town of Goma in 2. Many homes destroyed, water pipes burst, fuel stores exploded, 45 people killed. Secondary Effects – 500,000 people fled to Rwanda to escape the lava spending night on streets. No shelter, no clean water, no electricity. Disease such as cholera was a real risk due to the shear number of people. One week of aid arrived. Residents returned to Goma only to find many houses had been looted (burgled) whilst they were away! Responses: Water supplied by tankers, Aid agencies helped e.g. Christian Aid and Oxfam. Food, shelter, water distributed.

17 Composite Volcano Case Study
Name: Mount St. Helens, USA Dormant for many years. Steam filled with ash exploded into air and residents told to leave in March 1980. 8 km exclusion zone was introduced around the crater. ‘This is like standing next to dynamite, and the fuse it lit but you just cannot see how long the fuse is...’!

18 Mount St Helens 8.32am 18th May, 1980.
Earthquake of 5.1 on the Richter Scale triggered a landslide on the NE side of the volcano! The earthquake triggered the volcano to erupt. The rock, ash, glacier ice blasted out sideways killing all living things 27km north of the crater! 57 people died. Spirit Lake fish and wildlife was destroyed!

19 Responses to Mount St Helens, 1980
Immediate Responses: Helicopters used for search and rescue. Emergency treatment in nearby towns. Tourists rescued from mudflows. Attempts to unblock roads covered in metre deep ash (completed 3 days after the eruption). Millions of breathing masks sent to the area. Long-term Responses: Farm land used as ash had made it more fertile. Buildings and bridges rebuilt. Forests re-planted. Roads rebuilt. Insects, birds, wildlife slowly returned to area 10 years later. Now: very famous for tourists. Area designated as a national monument gaining $1.4 million investment. 3 million visitors allowed to access Mount St Helens each year. Johnston Ridge Observatory opened for tourists to view Mount St Helens. The trees felled by the eruption still cover a quarter of Spirit Lake but many are beginning to sink now!

20 Primary and Secondary Effects
Primary effects: the immediate effects of the eruption, caused directly by it. Secondary effects: the after-effects that occur as an indirect effect of the eruption on a longer scale. Aid – money, food, training and technology given by richer countries to poorer ones, either to help with an emergency or to encourage long-term development.

21 Monitoring and Predicting Volcanoes
Frequency and strength can be recorded and historical records kept. Volcanologists can monitor the records and look for patterns. Tiltmeters can measure changes in slope angles Surface temperatures can be monitored Digital cameras can record if left in crater Gases emitted can be measured Robots called ‘spiders’ can monitor lava flows, ash movements

22 Supervolcanoes Key words: supervolcano, caldera, fissure, geothermal, geyser, hot spot. One example is Yellowstone National Park, USA They release over 1000km cubed of material. Do not look like volcanoes. They are large depressions called CALDERAS. They often have rims of higher land.

23 Yellowstone – a worrying future!!
An eruption would destroy 10,000km squared of land, kill 87,000 people, 15 cm of ash would cover buildings within 1000km. Ash would affect transport, electricity, water and farming. Magma beneath Yellowstone is shifting. The caldera is bulging beneath Lake Yellowstone! The ground has risen by up to 70cm! The magma chamber is believed to be 80km long and 40km wide and 8km deep! Watch out! There have been eruptions 2 million years ago, 1.3 million years ago and 630,000 years ago! Tourists love to visit Yellowstone National Park. They go a see Old Faithful – this is a Geyser. Google it! Check it out. Old Faithful releases pressure deep underground.

24 Earthquakes Key words: earthquake, focus, epicentre, shock waves, aftershocks, Richter scale, Mercalli scale. Make sure you learn their meanings!

25 Measuring Earthquakes
We can measure earthquakes using the: Richter scale (measurements created by seismographs)or 2) Mercalli scale (description of damage) Richter Scale Mercalli Scale No upper limit of scale Uses scale from I to XII (1-12) It is logarithmic (10 times as strong from 1 to 2). Uses descriptions for each scale of the resulting damage. Richter scale 2 is 10 times stronger than Richter scale 1. Richter scale 3 is 100 times stronger than Richter scale 1. XII – Total destruction, objects thrown in air, land rolling like waves I – Barely felt VI – Felt by everyone, some frightened, chimneys break, furniture moves, slight damage.

26 Earthquakes in LEDC’s and MEDC’s
What are the causes, effects and responses to earthquakes? How are they different in LEDC’s/MEDC’s? The next slides give you 2 case studies for this!

27 Earthquakes! Safety net case studies
KOBE, Japan, MEDC SICHUAN, China, LEDC 0546hrs 17th January, 1995 1428hrs 12th May, 2008 CAUSE: Philippines plate shifted underneath Eurasian plate. Along Nojima fault line underneath Kobe city. CAUSE: Indian plate collided with Eurasian plate. Along Longmenshan fault line underneath Sichuan provence. Earthquake triggered: 7.2 on Richter Scale, tremors lasting 20 seconds Earthquake triggered: 7.9 on Richter Scale, tremors lasting 120 seconds EFFECTS: Deaths Injured 40, ,000 homeless. Gas mains ruptured in city. Water pipes burst. Bridges collapsed. Railway lines buckled. 30% trains from Kobe city to Osaka were running afterwards. 2 million homes without electricity. 1 million without water for 10 days. Fires broke out west of the port and damaged roads made it difficult to put them out. People gathered in tents in park areas. Cost: $220 billion but economy suffered and large companies such as Panasonic were temporarily forced to close. EFFECTS: Deaths 55,000 after 11 days, 69,000 two months later with 18,000 people missing. 374,000 injured. 5 million homeless. In rural areas near the epicentre, 80% of buildings collapsed. 5 million buildings collapsed. Juyuan school collapsed killing 900 students. Communication failed – neither mobile or land lines worked. Roads blocked by landslides. Rivers blocked by landslides leading to fears of flooding. Cost: $75 million!!

28 Responses to Earthquakes:
KOBE: Emergency services searched through rubble. Hospitals did what they could, treating and operating in corridors!! Shops provided water and essentials free of charge. Railways were 80% operational within a month. After a year, the port was 80% operational. Buildings built to a 1981 code survived, buildings built in 1960’s collapsed. New buildings were built further apart so that they didn’t collapse onto each other in future. Rubber blocks were fitted under bridges to absorb shock. SICHUAN: Some areas not reached within 30 hours of the quake. 20 helicopters were used for search and rescue. Troops parachuted in to help. Others hiked on foot. Army deployed – thousands of troops. Immediate needs were water, food, shelter. 3.3 million tents needed. China requested international help. Teams from Russia and Japan arrived. Cash donations were welcomed. Red Cross raised £100 million in the 2 weeks after the quake. 1,000,000 small homes were built. Medicine, shelter, food, water distributed. $10 million rebuilding fund set up. Banks wrote off debts owed by survivors who did not have insurance.

29 The 3 P’s These provide the key to REDUCING THE IMPACT of earthquakes. Prediction – forecast when and where tremors will happen based on current knowledge – this is VERY difficult to do. Protection – building using appropriate standards and designs so that they are safe to be in. Preparation – ensure that hospitals, emergency services and residents practise having disasters. Organising activities and drills.

30 Earthquake proof buildings...
Steel frames can sway during movement Specialised flexible glass Deep foundations Rubber shock absorbers Roads to allow quick evacuation Fire-resistant materials Open areas to evacuate to.

31 Tsunamis Triggered by earthquakes Primary effect – shifting of plates
Secondary effect – displacement of ocean water 200km from crest to crest whereas normal waves are as follows:

32 Tsunamis “A special type of wave where the entire depth of the sea or ocean is set in motion by an event, often an earthquake, which displaces water above it and creates a huge wave”. Move at speeds of up to 800km per hour.

33 Japan Earthquake 2011 Facts to learn:
Date 9th March, 2011 Earthquake was magnitude 8.9 on the Richter scale – largest on record! Earthquake struck about 250 miles (400km) from the capital Tokyo and at a depth of 20 miles. Plates – Pacific plate subducting underneath Eurasian plate near Honshu The earthquake caused major damage in Tokyo but triggered a tsunami which devastated the Sendai region. A 30 foot wall of water hit the coast in places. Over 2400 killed with the number still rising. Thousands of homes and business destroyed. The city of Sendai is a scene of widespread devastation.

34 Japan Earthquake, 2011 Locating it! Plate Tectonics!
It struck about 250 miles (400km) from the capital at a depth of 20 miles. There have been powerful aftershocks. The PACIFIC PLATE COLLIDED WITH THE EURASIAN PLATE.


36 Effects – Short Term Kyodo news agency said a 10-metre wave (33ft) struck the port of Sendai in Miyagi Japanese television showed cars, ships and even buildings being swept away by a vast wall of water after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake. The quake has sparked fires in several areas including Tokyo, with at least 15 people reported dead.

37 Effects – Short Term

38 Effects – Short Term

39 Effects – Short Term In central Tokyo, Jeffrey Balanag said he was stuck in his office in the Shiodome Sumitomo building because the elevators had stopped working.

40 Effects – Short Term Kyodo said at least 15 people had been killed in the earthquake and tsunami. It was believed the death toll could rise significantly.

41 Effects – Short Term Emergency response headquarters have been set up.

42 Effects – Short Term The earthquake also triggered a number of fires, including one at an oil refinery in Ichihara city in Chiba prefecture near Tokyo, engulfing storage tanks.

43 Effects – Short Term 20 people injured in Tokyo after the roof of a hall collapsed

44 Effects – Short Term Residents and workers in Tokyo rushed out of apartment buildings and office blocks and gathered in parks and open spaces as aftershocks continued to hit.

45 Effects – Short Term Bullet train services to northern Japan were halted, rapid transit in Tokyo was suspended




49 This man was found floating on the roof of his house 10 miles out to sea. He had been there for 2 days.


51 The Japanese Prime Minister needed to respond...!

52 Easy to remember short term responses...Level 1 and 2
Clear roads Ask for military help Clear debris Warn hospitals Send rescue teams to the worst affected areas Prepare people for aftershocks Demand help or AID from other countries

53 Other Short term responses...Level 3
Rescue services and emergency services were swamped by the scale of the disaster. 2000 bodies were found on a beach – controlling disease became vital. There was a race to identify the dead bodies. Fresh water, water purification tablets, food, bedding and tents poured in as AID. UK and US governments offered financial support – International Aid Medical teams gathered in emergency centres to care for sick and injured. Missing Person Centres were set up by volunteers. A nuclear power station needed to be ‘cooled’ rapidly to stop a major nuclear disaster as it was damaged during the earthquake. Fires needed to be put out where possible. Some buildings were on fire in Tokyo due to the earthquake. Gas explosions, fires causes by leaking water pipes on electrical wires.

54 Long Term Responses Continue to improve the early warning system – alarms did go off in Tokyo. Re-build Sendai area with help from international community Re-open schools and hospitals Strengthen buildings near coastline in case of further tsunamis


56 There was less devastation than the Asian Tsunami 2004 because...
There is less tourism in there were fewer hotels and buildings along the coastline JMA (Japan Meteorological Society) earthquake early warning system – this gave Japan valuable minutes to prepare Japan is more developed and has been able to spend more money on better building standards – some of which are earthquake proof!

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