SECOND TERM 2004-2005


Topic Key questions

Skills required


A. Too much water @ @ @

1. Human responses to flooding

    Case study: Three Gorges Project

  • What has the Chinese Government done to reduce flooding along Chang Jiang?

  • Do you support the project?  Why?

  • How do different people think about the project?  Why do they support or oppose the project?

  • identify the location of Three Gorges Dam

  • colour the area affected by the Three Gorges Project

  • Activity

B. Taming the spreading deserts




1. What are deserts?

  • What are the characteristics of deserts?


  • T3 Activity 13.1

2. World Distribution of tropical and temperate deserts

  • Where can tropical and temperate deserts be found?

  • locate the tropical and temperate deserts on a world map

  • draw latitudes on the world map

  • T5 Fig.13,2

3. Climatic characteristics of tropical deserts

  • What are the temperature characteristics of deserts?

  • What are the rainfall characteristics of deserts?

  • read data from a climatic graph

  • calculate annual rainfall, annual range of temp., daily range of temp., max. temp., min. temp., etc

  • T6-7 Activity 13.2

4. Natural vegetation in deserts

  • How does the plants adapt to the dry conditions in deserts?

  • What are the characteristics of desert plants?


  • T8 Fig.13.5

5. Human activities in deserts

  • What do the people make their living in deserts?


  • T10-11 Activity 13.3

6. Desertification: distribution, causes and impacts

  • Which places in the world are affected by desertification?
  • What causes desertification?
  • Is the nature or human beings responsible for desertification?
  • What are the impacts of desertification on environment?


  • T13-14 Activity 14.1

  • T14 Fig.14.2

  • T15 Fig.14.3

  • T16-17 Activity 14.2

  • T19 Fig.14.7

  • T23 Activity 15.2

7. Solutions to desertification
  • What are the measures to combat desert spreading?


  • T26-27 Activity 16.1

C. Farming the wrong way @ @ @
1. What is a farming system?
  • How does a farm work?
  • T69-71 Activity 20.1
  • T72 Fig.20.5
2. What are the major types of farming in the world?
  • How are the farming activities classified?
  • using map evidence to describe the characteristics of a farm
  • calculating the area of a farm
  • T75-76
  • T77 Activity 20.3
  • T79-80 Practical Skill
3. Scientific farming methods
  • What are the common scientific farming methods?
  • Why these methods are used?  What benefits would it bring to the farmers?
  • What problems will they cause?
  • How can we minimize the negative impacts of scientific farming methods?
  • T85-86 Activity 21.2
  • T93-94 Activity 22.1
  • T99-100 Activity 23.1
D. Too many and too few @ @ @
1. Are there too many people in China?
  • What is the population growth pattern in China?
  • plotting figures on a graph paper
  • drawing a bar graph or line graph to show the population growth
  • calculate the percentage change of population
  • calculate the average population increase
  • T111-112, Activity 24.2


2. What are the factors affecting population growth in China?
  • Describe the trend of population growth in China.
  • Explain the population growth pattern in China.
  • calculate natural increase, birth rate and death rate of a country
  • T113-114 Activity 24.3
  • T115-116 Activity 24.4
3. Can China support so many people?
  • Is China overpopulated?
  • What are the impacts of overpopulation?
  • T120-121 Activity 25.1
4. Why do so many people live in the east but few in the west of China?
  • What are the population distribution pattern of China?
  • Where are the densely-populated areas?
  • Where are the sparsely-populated areas?
  • calculating population density of a place
  • T125
  • T127 Activity 26.3
5. What are the factors affecting the population distribution in China?
  • How do physical factors affect the population distribution?
  • How do human factors affect the population distribution?
  • T129-131 Activity 26.4
  • T132 Table 26.2
6. Problems caused by the uneven distribution of population
  • What are the problems in the eastern provinces?
  • What are the problems in the western provinces?
  • T134-135 Activity 27.1
E. Map Reading Skills @ @ @
1. Identifying relief features from a contour map
  • Identify features like plateau, valley, spur, saddle, gap, mountain, plain, gentle slope, steep slope, concave slope, convex slope and cliff
  • read 1:20000 or 1:5000 contour maps
  • drawing cross section
2. Calculation based on the contour map
  • distance, area, gradient
@ @
3. Identifying location
  • grid square, 6-figure grid reference, reduced bearing, whole circle bearing, compass point
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    Things to bring for the examination

1. calculator

2. a piece of string

3. a long ruler

4. an eraser

5. a pencil (for drawing graph or cross section)

6. a pen

7. a protractor

8. colour pencils