That Blue Square Thing - Geography Revision

Unit 6 Question - Storms and Floods

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I've kept them here because there might be something useful for someone and the general marking principles aren't all that different. But be aware that it's old and out of date (the stuff on the Google Earth page in particular may not work at all)

This is a 20 mark exam-style question. The marks start small and build towards case study questions at the end - just like the real thing.

You want to aim to take around 25 minutes to do this question. Make sure your answers to the simple questions are accurate and that you develop the longer answers to explain points properly - don't leave things vague. Remember that 2 or 3 well developed points are better than 10 simple points. As always, try and use case studies to back up your answers.

Print the page and have a go at the questions on paper. Then mark your work yourself using the markscheme provided.

Figure 1, a newspaper article about floodng in Bangladesh in 1998.

The flooding in 1998 lasted three months and nearly half the country was affected. At one stage the capital city, Dhaka, was under 2 metres of water and power supplies and the sewerage system collapsed. More than 1000 people died mainly through diseases such as dysentery and snake bites.

a) Study figure 1. Using this information:

(i) How long did the floods last?
(1 mark)
(ii) List three effects of the floods in Bangladesh.
(3 marks)
b) Suggest what some of the longer term problems of this flood might have been.
(4 marks)
c) Deforestation has taken place in the Himalayas Mountains to the north of Bangladesh. Explain how deforestation can lead to flooding.
(6 marks)
d) Why do so many people all over the world live in areas which are likely to flood?
(6 marks)

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