001 - Hostile Environments
Why are areas categorised as hostile?
Where can the hostile areas be found?
Define the words above using a dictionary.
Activity One - Watch
- Watch the clip below and suggest why the environment would be difficult to live in.
- What other areas would you class as hostile?
Activity One - Write
- Copy and complete the paragraph below using the words in the box to help you.
Since early times people have depended on farming to stay _____________. In many parts of the world this is still true. In areas shown on your world map farming is usually DIFFICULT and sometimes ______________. In _____________ there is not enough rainfall. High up in ______________ it is cold and the steep slopes have little soil. In the _______________ the trees have to be chopped down. In the cold lands ______________ there is not enough warmth for crops to __________________. There are many DIFFICULTIES in hostile areas and because of this, _________________ people choose to live in these places.
alive few rainforests deserts IMPOSSIBLE tundra mountains ripen
Activity Two - Atlas Skills
- Copy the table below and fill in the type of hostile environment found at each place.
- Remember to use the words desert, mountain, rainforest and tundra (some of the places may have more than one hostile area).
Activity Three - Decide
- Complete the paragraph below by choosing the correct word for the sentence.
A map showing the population of LESS THAN/MORE THAN three people per kilometer illustrates where it is difficult for people to live. In Northern Canada the population is HIGH/LOW because it is too COLD/MOUNTAINOUS. In the EAST/WEST of the USA population is also low because of DESERTS/RAINFORESTS and mountains. There is a large band of low population in South America where the ANTARCTIC/AMAZON rainforest lies and a narrow strip along the ATLANTIC/PACIFIC coast in the ANDES/HIMALAYAN mountains.
Activity Four - Mapping
- Collect a map of the world and shade in the key natural environments of the world. Remember to focus on mountains, tundra, deserts and rainforests.
- Map on to the same map the areas found in the table above.