The following equipment may prove useful for investigations in the field.
a sensing device which automatically transmits data to be recorded on a computer. Different sensors measure a range of qualities, e.g. temperature, pressure, wind speed, water flow, ph in rivers. It may be shared with the school science department.
useful for measuring depth of streams, can be used with string and builder's spirit level for taking levels.
preferably plastic coated, otherwise may stretch when wet.
for measuring slopes.
Water testing kit
testing water quality.
Soil testing kit
measuring ph in soils.
collecting rock samples.
for collecting samples. Self-sealing bags are the best.
for taking samples of water for testing back in school.
essential for notetaking.
SUPPORT PACKS AND VIDEOS
Some of these resource packs and videos were commissioned especially for Irish schools. They should be in schools already.
The State We're In
EPA resource pack for TY has many useful applications for LC particularly in its investigation methodology.
CRH Video and resource pack with applications for LC Physical Geography and Human Interaction with the Physical Environment.
Exploring our World
A Development Education resource pack for Junior Cycle with applications and resources which are equally applicable to Leaving Certificate geography.
Written In Stone
A video available from the Geological Society of Ireland. Shows how Ireland's landscape has evolved.
Available on Cd-rom and DVD. This encyclopaedia from Microsoft has excellent articles on geographical topics lavishly enhanced with photographs, animations and video. The atlas is superb; anywhere in the world can be immediately located in the greatest detail. Highly recommended for project work.
Same as above, more restrained in its presentation, but possibly even more detailed in content.
Ireland's Environment AMillennium Report
Environmental Protection Agency 2000
The Making of Ireland Landscapes in Geology
Williams and Harper IMMEL 1999
Written in Stone
Kennan Geological Survey Ireland 1995
A Story through Time
McKeever GSI/Geological Survey of Northern Ireland 1999
80:20 Development in an UnequalWorld
Colm Regan TIDE 2002
The Karst of Ireland LimestoneLandscapes, Caves andGroundwater Drainage Systems
Karst Working Group 2000 Geological Survey of Ireland
Reading the Irish Landscape
Frank Mitchell and Michael Ryan Town House 1997
Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape
Aalen, Whelan and Stout Cork University Press 1997
Places and Regions in GlobalContext: Human Geography
Paul L. Knox and Sallie A. Marston Prentice Hall 2001
Population, Resources and Development
Chrispin, Jegede Collins Educational 2000
Geography: An Integrated Approach
David Waugh Nelson Thornes 2000
The Dictionary of PhysicalGeography
Goudie, Thomas (editors) Blackwell Publishers 2000
The Dictionary of HumanGeography
Ron J. Johnston Blackwell Publishers 2000
A Dictionary of Geography
Susan Mayhew Oxford Paperbacks 1997
Journal of the Irish Geography Teachers Association.
The journal of the Geographical Society of Ireland. Available on the web at http://www.ucd.ie/gsi/journal.html
The journal of the Geographical Society.
The journal of the Geographical Association. Visit their website at http://www.geography.org.uk/index.asp
National Geographic Excellent for maps and photographs. Website at www.nationalgeographic.com
M A P SOrdnance Survey Ireland
A full list of all available maps can be seen at www.osi.ie
Geological Survey of Ireland
A series of Geological maps of scale 1:100,000 cover the country. These are published with an accompanying guide.
Environmental Protection Agency
17 St. Andrew St.
Office of the European Commission
52-55 Lr. Camden St.
The following websites are recommended as being of high quality and appropriate to the syllabus. Although they are presented here as being linked to one section of the syllabus, many are relevant to other areas.
The Geography Support Service will develop a subject website and this will provide links to all the web addresses given here. It will be kept updated and extended as other sites are recommended or developed.
GENERAL GEOGRAPHY PORTALS
Portals provide links to multiple sites, usually providing a commentary and indicating the quality of each site.
This website has been created by the NCTE as the reference point for Irish educational matters.
A comprehensive entry to selected sites, not all relevant to the Leaving Cert, but all of very high quality. Divided into course related sections key stage 3&4 and A Level are the relevant ones.
An excellent introduction to world geography broken into categories. Main emphasis on American case studies.
Excellent site with British bias includes teacher lesson plans.
The Internet Geographer
Hundreds of links to other sites but a heavy emphasis on U.K. sites.
Newspapers provide articles of local, national and international issues and events. They provide extensive archives and can be quickly and easily searched by date or keyword.
Currently requires a subscription. Archives back to 1998 are easily searched by excellent search engine.
Requires registration. Archives are searchable by date.
Requires registration. Archives can be searched from front page.
Offers special reports on topics such as famine, population, climate change. Suggests linked articles and offers links to suggested relevant sites.
WEB RESOURCES TO SUPPORT UNITS OF STUDY:
Patterns and Processes in the Physical Environment
Geological Survey of Ireland
Provides local geological maps. Provides detailed walking and driving geological guides. Has information on 2003 Mayo Bogslide.
http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/faculty/ritter /geog101/textbook/fluvial_systems/titl e_page.html
An online textbook on fluvial systems.
http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/faculty/ritter /geog101/textbook/glacial_systems/titl e_page.html
An online textbook on glacial processes.
The Essential Guide to Rocks
Try out Britain's Rocky Past an interactive guide to the Geological Time Scale too bad it doesn't include Ireland. The Rock Primer describes how rocks are categorised.
Geography in Action
A site covering aspects of Northern Ireland and border counties. Has an excellent interactive geology map, extensive photograph collection and useful data on human geography, particularly the city of Belfast.
Geomorphology from Space
http://daac.gsfc.nasa.gov/DAAC_DOC S/geomorphology/GEO_HOME_PAG E.html
A NASA site containing hundreds of satellite photographs illustrating different geomorphological processes.
Another NASA site which allows for searches by country, region or topic.
A comprehensive site covering all the world's active volcanoes.
United States Geological Survey
A comprehensive site covering many topics. Excellent source for factsheets, illustrations, satellite photographs, etc.
Classification of Rocks
A brief look at how rocks are classified. Text with some illustrations.
Exploring the Environment
A NASA sponsored site offering many projects and activities.
The Industrial Development authority is the agency with responsibility for attracting foreign investment in industry and services into Ireland.
The agency responsible for preserving our natural and built heritage.
Facts and figures on Irish agriculture.
Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Information on Ireland's fishing industry.
The official EU website. Good on the history of European integration, institutions and policies. Is linked to Eurostat.
Developed in conjunction with a programme series Italia on Channel 4. Contains factsheets, games and quizzes.
National Atlas of Sweden
Thematic maps of Sweden.
Look at Norway
An educational site on Norway offering handouts and photographs for downloading.
Good site for information and photographs of Brazilian regions and cities.
More photographs of Brazil.
A tour of the Geography of Zambia focusing on development issues. Contains student worksheets and resource material.
A comprehensive site filled with information on this African country.
Mainly a commercial site geared to selling maps, but it has a section on the history of the Ordnance Survey in Ireland.
Ordnance Survey Great Britain
More wide ranging than the Irish site. Has a section on map reading, also GIS. Local area maps can be downloaded free.
Aerial photographs of Dalkey andSandycove, Dublin http://www.dalkeyhomepage.ie/aerial.h tml
Aerial photographs of Fethard,Co. Tipperary
A United States Geological Survey Site. Uses a variety of satellite images over years to show environmental change. Contains exercises and solutions.
A Nasa website offering thousands of satellite photographs searchable by theme or by country. Five star!
Patterns and Processes in Economic Activities
A fine Irish source for downloading leaflets on the environment.
World Bank Development Data
Comprehensive information on population and social conditions for world regions.
A journal giving alternative views on development issues. Excellent information source for developing countries and the issues affecting them.
Deals with issues arising from globalisation.
Young People's Trust for theEnvironment
Information leaflets on many environmental issues aimed at students.
Exploring the Environment
A NASA site on environmental issues such as global warming.
Patterns and Processes in the Human Environment
Central Statistics Office
Has a section for students which provides basic statistics on a range of themes.
Irish Refugee Council
Up to the minute news on refugee movements into Ireland.
While the World Bank is often maligned for its policies which sometimes seem to impoverish further the developing countries it is supposed to help, its website is an exemplar of well presented information.
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. Good on statistics, maps, reports, and the Universal Declaration of Children's Rights.
United Nations Population
Population information from the United Nations.
Population Reference Bureau
Everything you wanted to know about population.
United Nations Website
The official website with links to all its affiliates, such as UNESCO, World Health Organisation, etc.
Developing World Urban CaseStudy Rio De Janeiro http://www.macalester.edu/courses/geo g61/chad/titlepag.htm
Social contrasts in Brazil's second city.
Describing one of the world's major conurbations.
Irish Overseas Aid
Details of Ireland's aid programme.
Dynamic Population Pyramids
Shows graphically how selected countries' population profile changes over time.
Development Cooperation Ireland
This is the site of Ireland's official government aid agency. Contains details of Ireland's Bilateral Aid programme along with a list of aid topics. Lots of photographs also.
Cafod is the U.K. Catholic relief agency. Again this site contains lots of resources.
World vision is an international aid organisation. This Australian site has many resources for downloading, including excellent handouts on hunger, debt and trade.
A comprehensive resource with a magazine-like approach, concentrating on issues and regions.
http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/faculty/ritter /geog101/textbook/soil_systems/title_p age.html
An online textbook on soil formation.
The World's biomes
Introducing five of the world's major biomes.
An even more comprehensive site from Radford college.
A sustainable environment
This is a portal which links to sustainable development sites.
Emphasis on action to prevent destruction of rainforests.
World rainforest information portal.
Journey into Amazonia
A quality site with an interactive game and lots of information about the Amazonian rainforest.
The virtual rainforest
A large picture of the rainforest appears on screen, then as the mouse is moved across the picture, different plants and creatures are highlighted. Informative and very well presented.
The original forest cover of the globe before man began to destroy it c. 8,000 years ago.
Culture and identity
World cultural profiles
This site set up by the Canadian government profiles the cultures of over 60 countries (including Ireland) from which Canada receives immigrants.
Ethnic geography of Belfast
Information and commentary on a divided city.
Conflict archive on the internet. Lots of background information and statistics on Northern Ireland.
A website devoted to conflict, both international and internal. Catalogued by country and topics.
The Atmosphere-Ocean Environment
Gives regional weather forecasts for Ireland and Britain. Provides climate data for local areas.
Gives recent reports from Irish weather stations.
Met Office (U.K)
Comprehensive information on all aspects of weather as well as up to the minute weather reports, maps and satellite photographs.
Encyclopaedia of the atmosphericenvironment
An A-Z guide to weather terminology. For simplified explanations, click on the Bart Simpson icon.