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Please use this sticky thread to post links to resources you have found useful for Geography. It would be helpful if you could add comments regarding age and stage suitability.
 

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The Wonder of Ice Caves

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Excellent resource
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This huge ice cave was formed when the river Salzach drove – over millennia – passageways in to the mountain. One can only imagine the tiny beginnings of the cave and marvel at the sheer tenacious power of water. Why the ice remains throughout the year is fairly straightforward, during the winter, ice cold winds rush in to the cave and freeze the snow that has been blown inside. Contrarily, in the winter, wind from the bowels of the cave blow up to the entrance and ensure that the frozen formations do not melt.
 
Contours

a Find a hill
b Look at a contour map of it
c Go for a walk on it
d Come back and make a model of it with corrugated cardboard , scissors and copydex

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Elaine Kirk

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School in a Cave


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This school in China is actually inside a cave
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With the right equipment, you can build a school anywhere. If you don’t think so, ask the children that goes every day to Mid-Cave Primary School. Built in 1984, this school sits in one of three caves inside a mountain.

Nowadays, it accomodates 186 students with a teaching force of 8 staff.
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The site the article comes from ArchDaily has a number of notable schools documented and I think what struck me was that none of them were fenced , so it goes without saying that none are in the UK
 

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From Raq23's link above
I love it ! . We have an 'elderly' friend who worked at a big publishers in London and had lots of 'proof' books, when we helped her move it took ages to pack the books because they were so interesting.
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Treasure Trails

This is not a freebie
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WHAT IS A TREASURE TRAIL?
Each Treasure Trail includes an easy to follow route which will take you to some interesting and beautiful sights. Along the way you must solve the clues and find the answers on monuments and buildings – some are easy to find, some are fiendishly tricky!
Each Trail is completed in your own time. You can choose to go on a Treasure Hunt, solve a Murder Mystery or crack the code to save the world on a Spy Mission. And at just £5 per Trail it's affordable family fun! Read more...
 

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Spiders in Pakistan encase whole trees in webs
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from the site - Mother Nature Network
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Even the elders in Pakistan's Sindh province admit they've never seen anything like it: whole trees encased in webs by millions of invading spiders. The mysterious phenomenon may be an unexpected result of the devastating floods that swept over Sindh in 2010, reports Wired.

According to scientists, the spiders likely collected in the trees after fleeing from the rising floodwaters. At their height, the floods covered as much as a fifth of the country and displaced as many as 20 million people.

One unexpected blessing from the bizarre post-flood event is that the hungry spiders seem to be significantly reducing mosquito populations. Malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases became a serious concern in the region after the floods receded and left the landscape blanketed in stagnant water. But areas of Sindh with the most web-covered trees also have reported fewer cases of malaria.
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