1st Year Homework 2013/2014

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Complete the question below for homework as preparation for your summer test. At least 10 sentences are required.
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Study the graph below. It shows the number of tourists in millions worldwide (blue bars) and the money made worldwide from tourism in billions of $US (red line). Answer the questions below. The figures you get from the graph can be approximate and do not have to be 100% exact.

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  1. How many tourists travelled in the following years? 1990, 2000, 2010
  2. What was the % increase in the number of tourists travelling from 1990 to 2010?
  3. Which currency is used in this graph?
  4. How much money was made in the tourism industry in the following years? 1990, 1995, 2005 and 2010 (please use the correct number and currency in your answer)
  5. The number of tourists and the money earned from tourism increased sharply from 2000 to 2005. Can you think of any reasons to explain this increase?
  6. Is there anything that could reverse or slow down the increase in the tourism industry? Explain your answer.


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OS map of Cork City showing industrial estates


How it's made Video
  • Look up a How it's made video on a factory of your choice on Youtube (or some other Youtube Channel if you want)
  • In your copy, make a table or flow chart showing the inputs, processes and outputs of this manufacturing industry.
  • The How it's made Youtube channel is here.

Week of 3/3/2014

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Monday 24/2/2014

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Thursday 6/2/2014

Economic Activities - Primary / Secondary / Tertiary
  1. Categorise the following jobs into Primary / Secondary / Tertiary (make a table in your copybook)
    1. Miner
    2. Teacher
    3. Dentist
    4. Shop Worker
    5. Pharmacist
    6. Carpenter
    7. Doctor
    8. Farmer
    9. Hotel Manager
    10. Fisherman
    11. Chemical Engineer
    12. Optician
    13. Nurse
    14. Factory Worker
    15. Truck Driver
  2. Explain the three terms - Primary / Secondary / Teritary (use one sentence and an example to explain these terms).
  3. Of the three job categories (Primary / Secondary / Tertiary), Primary has the smallest number of workers in rich countries like Ireland. Can you explain why this is?

Thursday 30/1/2014

Aerial Photo of Cork City - page 177 of textbook.
  1. Make a sketch of the aerial photo and show the following: the river, a multi-storey car park, a cathedral, a residential area.
  2. There is a crane in a building site in the centre middleground. Explain what you think is being built here. Give two reasons for your answer. Try to use evidence from the photo to support your reasons.
  3. Name and locate two tourist attractions in the photo. Explain why you think they are tourist attractions.

Monday 27/1/14

Aerial Photography of Ballina - Page 173 of textbook
  1. Make a sketch of the aerial photo of Ballina and include the following:
    1. The River Moy
    2. A large car park
    3. A church
    4. A bridge
    5. two connecting streets
    6. factories in the right background
  2. In the right middleground there is a derelict site (empty land) near the bridge. Suggest one possible use for this land and give at least 2 reasons for your answer. Use evidence from the photography and the map of Ballina (page 172) to support your idea.
  3. Different land uses can be seen clearly on aerial photos. Locate on the photo the following land uses:
    1. Newer Residential (Housing)
    2. Older Residential
    3. Religious
    4. Industrial
    5. Recreation (sports, parks etc - name your example)
(Please use left background, right foreground etc)

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Sketching the Aerial Photo

Thursday 23/1/2014

Aerial Photograph of Carrick on Shannon.

1. Using the aerial photograph of Carrick on Shannon below, locate the following items. Click on "carrickonshannon.pdf" below to view it.
  1. The Marina (Boats)
  2. The building site with the crane
  3. The bridge
  4. The Church
  5. Any car park
  6. A meandering stream
(Note: use right background, left middleground, right foreground etc)

2. What season of the year do you think this photo was taken? Give reasons for your answer.

3. Is this an oblique or vertical aerial photo. Explain the difference.

4. In which county is Carrick on Shannon?

Monday - 9/12/13

Ordnance Survey Maps

  1. What is the Ordnance Survey?
  2. Click on this link to their website and find out three points about the Ordnance survey.
  3. Rank the following map scales in order. Start with small scale at the top.
    1. 1:10,000
    2. 1:600,000
    3. 1:1,250,000
    4. 1:5,000
    5. 1:50,000
  4. What does a map scale of 1:50,000 mean on the ground (in reality)?
  5. Study the three different scale maps below. For each map, explain two points of information that can be learned from it.
Map A - Small Scale Map

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Map B - Small Scale Map of West Cork

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Map C - Large Scale Map of Skibbereen

  1. Copy the diagram of the geothermal power station below into your copybooks. Write an explanation of the diagram outlining how the cold water is heated up and converted into electricity.
  2. Explain why Iceland can take advantage of geo-thermal energy.
  3. Explain the difference between Alpine fold mountains and Armorican fold mountains. Use the following headings: Age / Appearance / Examples
  4. Make a sketch of the map below showing the Himalayas and Mount Everest.
Geothermal Power Plant in Iceland
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Map of India showing Himalayas

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Armorican Fold Mountains - Caha Mountains in Cork

Monday 11/11/13

  1. Copy the diagram of the volcano below into your copybook and label the parts A - G.
  2. Explain the following terms in relation to volcanoes - Active / Dormant / Extinct
  3. Name an active volcano in Europe.
  4. Explain the advantages of volcanic activity for Iceland.
  5. Name a fold mountain range in Asia. Which two colliding plates cause this folding? Use the map of the tectonic plates below to help you.
  6. Which category of fold mountains does the above range belong? (Alpine / Armorican / Caledonian?)

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Diagram of Volcano - copy and label each part A, B, C, D, E, F & G
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Tectonic Plates Map showing Himalayas Mountains

Thursday 7/11/13

  1. Use the following words to explain the mid-atlantic ridge
    1. Eurasian Plate
    2. North American plate
    3. plates separating
    4. magma from the mantle
    5. underwater volcanoes
    6. Iceland
  2. Make a sketch in your copybook of the diagram below showing Iceland and the mid-atlantic ridge.
  3. What is the Pacific Ring of Fire? Name five countries that are on the Pacific Ring of Fire. Use the map below to help you.

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The mid-atlantic ridge running through Iceland.

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Pacific Ring of Fire

Monday - 4/11/2013

  • Finish the diagram of the mid-Atlantic ridge on page 6 of the textbook.
  • Read the report on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and answer the following questions. The report is here.

  1. What was the strength of the earthquake?
  2. On which scale was it measured?
  3. How many deaths were caused by the earthquake and tsunami?
  4. The death toll in the 2004 tsunami in Thailand and Indonesia was much higher. Why did so many fewer people die in Japan?
  5. How many families were left without water and electricity in Japan?
  6. What happened to the water and electricity supplies?
  7. What was damaged in Fukushima?
  8. How much will this natural disaster cost Japan?
  9. Apart from earthquakes/tsunamis, can you name two other types of natural disaster?

Thursday 24/10/13

  1. Explain the following earthquake related terms:
    1. Epicentre
    2. Focus
    3. Shockwaves
    4. Richter Scale
  2. What is a tsunami and why did Japan have one in 2011?
  3. List the main effects of earthquakes under the two heading below:
    1. Short Term
    2. Long Term
  4. Read the following news report on an earthquake that hit Pakistan in September last and answer the questions the following questions:
    1. What was the magnitude (strength) of the earthquake?
    2. Where was the epicentre?
    3. How many people were killed?
    4. What feature formed off the coast as a result of the earthquake?
    5. How many people have been affected by the quake?
    6. Why is it difficult for the army to help the people in this part of Pakistan?
    7. What two plates caused this earthquake?
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Pakistan Earthquake 2013

Monday 14/10/13 - Plate Tectonics

  1. Draw a diagram to show the structure of the Earth - show the core, mantle and crust
  2. What is the mantle made of?
  3. What is the core made of and what is the temperature at the earth's core?
  4. The earth's crust is broken into ...................
  5. Name two of the earth's plates.
  6. The places where the plates meet are called ................
  7. Plates can collide or ...........................
  8. Name the mountain range that formed due to plate collision in Asia
  9. Explain why Ireland does not experience earthquakes or volcanoes
  10. Name a country that does experience earthquakes and volcanoes. Can you explain why?

The main plates of the earth's crust

Thursday 3/10/13 - Oil & Gas in Ireland

  1. Name the oil field that was discovered off the coast of Cork last year.
  2. What is the name of the company that discovered this oil field
  3. How many barrels of oil could be in this field?
  4. What is the next stage of in the development of this oil field?
  5. Where is the gas fired power station located in Cork?
  6. Name Ireland's only oil refinery (located in Cork)
  7. Make a sketch drawing of the map of Saudi Arabia in your book (p. 283 of textbook). Show the capital, two neighbouring countries and the area where the oil fields are located. (Be sure to draw a frame around your sketch - use a full page for the drawing).

Barryroe Oil Field

Barryroe and other oil fields

News Report from Irish Examiner 1st October 2013

Providence Resources — which currently holds an 80% stake in Barryroe (with Lansdowne Oil & Gas controlling the remainder) — has long-since stated its aim to find a farm-out partner to buy into the project and carry the development costs. Depending on the offers, the Dublin-based company could lower its stakeholding by as much as half.

Coinciding with its interim results, Providence said yesterday interest levels have been high, “with approximately a dozen companies having reviewed the data”.

It said those interested form a good cross section of leading exploration and production companies, adding that discussions are “ongoing” with the company working to conclude discussions “over the coming months”.

“As planned, we are now actively engaged in a farm-out process, which involves bringing in a suitably qualified partner to advance the project from development to first oil.

“The company is very pleased with the level of international industry interest in Barryroe”, Providence’s CEO, Tony O’Reilly Jnr noted.

With an estimated 1bn-1.6bn barrels of oil in place and 300m barrels of recoverable oil; Barryroe is being tipped to become Ireland’s first commercial oil field within the next four years or so.

Meanwhile, Providence yesterday reported a profit of €1.33m for the first six months of this year. That figure was driven by the sale of its onshore UK assets earlier this year. Excluding that, the company made an underlying pre-tax loss of just over €3.5m; although this was down from a loss before tax of €6.3m for the first half of last year.

Providence said preparatory work is continuing on the remaining four wells of its multi-basin offshore Ireland drilling programme, with the Cairn Energy-operated Spanish Point appraisal well, off the west coast, to be drilled in the second quarter of next year.

Monday 30/9/2013

  1. What & where is the Corrib Gas project? Use the diagram below to help you in your answer.
  2. Can you explain why Shell decided to build the gas terminal on shore (on land)?
  3. Can you explain why the Shell to Sea group of protesters want the gas terminal at sea?
  4. Using the information on pages 286 and 287, choose two of the main advantages of the Corrib Gas project and two of the main disadvantages of this project.
  5. Would you be in favour of a gas pipeline across your land? Why or why not?

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Corrib Gas Project

Thursday 26/9/13 - Oil & Gas in Ireland

  1. Name four major towns in Ireland connected to the natural gas pipelines.
  2. Ballineen is connected to the gas network. What factory in this area uses natural gas?
  3. Why is no town in West Cork connected to the gas pipeline?
  4. Explain why natural gas and oil discoveries have big advantages for Ireland. (2 advantages).
  5. Outline one of the main disadvantages of burning oil and gas.

Thursday 12/9/13

Questions 1 & 2 on page 15 of textbook. Write 2 - 3 lines on each rock that you write about in question 1. For question 2, remember oil and gas are very important uses of rocks as energy sources.
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Diagram of Kinsale Gas Rig off Cork coast

Monday 16/9/13Answer the following questions:
  1. What % of energy is used in homes (domestic) in Ireland?
  2. What % of energy is used by transport?
  3. Name two example of transport energy usage.
  4. Explain the term "renewable energy" (use examples in your answer)
  5. Explain the term "non-renewable energy" (use examples in your answer)
  6. Are oil and gas renewable or non-renewable? Explain your answer.
  7. Which country has the world's largest oil reserves?

Thursday - 19/9/2013
pages 283-284 of textbook

  1. Name 4 countries that neighbour Saudi Arabia
  2. Explain how the oil discovery has changed Saudi Arabia
  3. What is the only religion in Saudi Arabia?
  4. What is a multinational company?
  5. Name one large multinational oil company.
  6. Write a 3 - 4 sentences to explain the main steps in exploring for oil or gas
  7. Ireland has two working gas fields - both off the coast. Name one of them.
Corrib Gas Field