Extreme Environments

This optional theme will focus on two key extreme environments:

Cold and high-altitude

Hot and arid

These areas are termed extreme as they are relatively inaccessible and humans find these environment a challenge to live in. That said, these hostile areas are often beautiful and pose many opportunities for economic development. This unit explores where these hostile areas are located, what the environments look like, how they can be used for economic gain and what the future holds for them.

This unit is particularly important to us as geographers due to the geographical location of where we live. With the Alps and Jura in our backyard it is important to look at what lures us to this rugged playground and to explore what future this amazing environment has.

Taken by Ellena Mart

View from the Aiguille de Midi over the Helbronner Lift.