Cover work: Year 7 and Year 9

DSCN2995 7L  and 7C  work

Pages 114-115  Title: What do aerial photos show?  These are quite easily understood fun activities involving interpretation of photographs.  Try to complete all activities 1,2 and 3 in the lesson.

DSCN2996 9W work

Pages 50-51  Title: Why are we concerned about the environment? This was the extension activity from the last lesson: if you did not do it or did not complete it, start with this.

Move on to the next exercise…

Pages 52-53 Title: Who cares for the Environment?  Read the introduction and do as many of the activities as you have time for.  This is very centred on British environmental control: as usual I will introduce some local examples of care for the environment in Costa Blanca next.


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Extreme weather: orange warning

Costa Blanca on Orange Warning today from 13.00.  See


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Rue du Brexit


The mayor of a town in France has dedicated a road by renaming it the Rue du Brexit.

It is an insignificant road in an industrial estate in Beaucaire in the southern department of Gard. It is not clear whether it is intended as a joke, but the road leads around in a circular route back to the road you started on, a road named “Rue Robert Schumann” after one of the founding fathers of the European Union…

A report in the Daily Telegraph says the National Front mayor of the town Julien Sanchez intended it as a tribute to the Brexit decision of the British people, but critics point out that the road is in an ugly industrial zone and “goes nowhere” as it is circular.

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Elians Extreme Reading 2017

The annual Elians La Nucia World Book Day Extreme Reading competition is upon us once again. Staff and students should submit to Linda Millar a photograph of themselves reading in an unusual situation.

My choice of book this year is Senderos Geologicos (Geological Walks) published by the Diputación de Alicante. It is a selection of walks in the province that take you through interesting geology in the region.


And here is my entry for the Extreme Reading competition 2017:


Mr Thomas buried in loamy clay from the Cretaceous period while trying to follow a recommended path in Senderos Geologicos in January 2017.

It is not a fake photo: I am actually in the mud.  The clean up operation afterwards involved a warm bucket of water prepared earlier.

Warning: Cretaceous loamy clay after rains can be hazardous.



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Costa Blanca water study


In the Amadorio reservoir, the old road bridge from Orxeta to Vila Joiosa was under water and had not been seen for years until 2012.  It has been high and dry since the drought began

The recent drought (2012-2016… and continuing?) took an interesting turn in December with a whole year’s rainfall drowning us in just a few days before the Christmas holiday.  The Year 9 study of the water system of Benidorm and Marina Baja starts with the drought and then continues with an examination of local water supply and demand.  This involves the physical and human geography of the surrounding area.

To see more about this, follow the development of our project on the Year 9 pages of this blog: Costa Blanca Climate

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GCSE field trip to the Sierra Aitana


Setting off from the Font de Partagat, we made a decision to keep to our original plan – although there was some cloud on the Aitana ridge.  This was the right decision in the end because the cloud was intermittent through the day, allowing safe walking conditions for the walk along the ridge.  Looking down from the highest point in the region, it was possible to monitor incoming cloud and continually assess the safety.


The Simas de Partagat were not seen by all the students, as some had become too tired after a 3.5 kilometer walk uphill and they did not want to continue to the intended goal.  They remained with one member of staff while the remaining nine continued to the Simas de Partagat.






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