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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 60. Cities and Climate

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 60. Cities and Climate

      Cities have an effect on climate. This Factsheet summarises the main effects and outlines the types of question that come up in the exam. Urban Heat Islands Fig.1 shows how temperature varie...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 61. Conditions for life on Earth

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 61. Conditions for life on Earth

    Planet Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. About 3.9 billion years ago, life evolved and has continued to evolve. Life exists in the oceans, in the soil, on the surface, in rocks extending to severa...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 62. Footpath Trampling

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 62. Footpath Trampling

      The impacts of footpath trampling are readily observed on urban commons, chalk grasslands, heather uplands, sand dunes and salt marshes. Damage can be measured using simple equipment, and a ...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 63. Ecological Carrying Capacity

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 63. Ecological Carrying Capacity

      The concept of ecological carrying capacity comes up in many different ways in exam questions. This Factsheet reviews recent questions and looks at common mistakes that students have made....

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 64. The Environmental Consequences of Opencast and Deep Mining

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 64. The Environmental Consequences of Opencast and Deep Mining

      Extracting minerals from the surface of the Earth or below the surface requires moving a lot of earth. Although reclamation of land disturbed by mining operations is required by law, some d...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 65. Investigating Sand Dunes

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 65. Investigating Sand Dunes

      Sand dunes are important habitats. In the exam, questions on sand dunes may test your understanding of succession, zonation, conservation management strategies or ecological sampling. You may...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 66. Urban Geology

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 66. Urban Geology

      This Factsheet summarises how: • structure relates to function for non-metal minerals; • provides an example of how the topic of non-metal minerals can be taught via an urban field...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 67. Overfishing: Are Government’s to blame?

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 67. Overfishing: Are Government's to blame?

      We know that many fisheries are being hugely overfished and that, if we continue to mine the oceans in the way we are now, we may cause permanent destruction of some fisheries.   Since...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 68. Disrupting Food Chains and Webs

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 68. Disrupting Food Chains and Webs

      A food chain is a linear sequence of organisms, each of which feeds on the preceding organism. A food web is a series of interconnected food chains. An understanding of food chains and webs...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 69. Nuclear Power

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 69. Nuclear Power

      Globally, energy consumption has risen more than 2% per year for the last 35 years and this trend is expected to continue, especially in developing countries. Within the UK, nuclear power cu...

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