That Blue Square Thing - Geography Revision

Unit 7 Question - Water and Food Supply

WARNING! These pages are now very old. They were last updated in 2008 and the content applies to an old version of any geography syllabus currently active in the UK.
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 But be aware that it's old and out of date (the stuff on the Google Earth page in particular may not work at all)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.

Study figure 1, a table showing the proportion of people able to access a clean water supply in four North African countries.

Country GNP per capita Population with access to safe water
Urban Rural
Egypt$4,120 100% 97%
Ethiopia$810 81% 11%
Kenya$1,050 89% 46%
Sudan$1,870 78% 64%

a) Which country has the lowest proportion of Urban population able to access clean water?
(1 mark)
b) Compare the figures for GNP per capita for the 4 countries
(2 marks)
c) Use these figures to compare access to safe water in urban and rural areas.
(4 marks)
d) Suggest three problems that a lack of clean water may cause for people in LEDCs such as these.
(3 marks)
e) Using examples you have studied, explain why some areas of the world have unreliable water supplies.
(4 marks)
f) Describe how governments can make sure that they have reliable supplies of either food or water.
(6 marks)

Mark your work yourself using the markscheme provided.

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