Theory of Plate Tectonics
Ireland's Tectonic Journey
Convergent Plate Boundaries
Divergent Plate Boundaries
Passive Plate Boudnaries
Distribution of Earthquakes
Measurement and Effect of Earthquakes
Factors Affects Effects of Earthquakes and how they can be reduced
Volcanic landforms (volcanic and plutonic)
Positive effects of volcanoes
Negative effects of Volcanoes
Measurement and Prediction of Volcanoes
Distribution of Fold Mountains
Impacts of Folding on the Irish Landscape
Impact of Volcanic Activity on the Irish Landscape
Impact of Tectonic Activity on the Irish Landscape
Formation of Igneous Rocks
Igneous Rock and Associated Landscape
Formation of Sedimentary Rocks
Sedimentary Rock and Associated Landscape
Formation of Metamorphic Rocks
Metamorphic Rock and Associated Landscape (Highly unlikely to be asked but if it is - formation of caps to create sharp mountain peaks is the landscape associated with it e.g. Mount Errigal, Sugarloaf etc)
Human Interaction with the Rock Cycle (if you have studied Geothermal Energy as part of positive impact of volcanoes then that covers this essay)
Active and Trailing Plate Margins
Mechanical Weathering processes
Chemical Weathering Processes
Surface Karst Landscape
Underground Karst Landscape
One of the flooding chapters:
Mass Movement (two processes - I recommend Soil Creep and Mudflow/Lahar)
Rivers (Landform of Erosion/Landform of Deposition - know a second one of each in case the question asks you for two - a question on erosion or deposition has appeared on every paper so it is only a matter of time before either the question is changed slightly or not on)
Coasts (Landform of Erosion/Landform of Deposition - know a second one of each in case the question asks you for two - a question on erosion or deposition has appeared on every paper so it is only a matter of time before either the question is changed slightly or not on)
Glaciers (Landform of Erosion/Landform of Deposition - know a second one of each in case the question asks you for two - a question on erosion or deposition has appeared on every paper so it is only a matter of time before either the question is changed slightly or not on)
Human interaction with either mass movement/rivers/coasts - i.e. one essay on human interference with surface processes
Higher Level Only - Isostatic Movement/Fluvial Adjustment to Base Level (Potentially you could be asked a question on River Catchment - consequent and subsequent streams but it has yet to appear on the paper as an S.Q. or a 30m but it did appear as a 20m 2/3 years ago (Peneplain was the topic))
While this seems like a colossal number of essays for what is only one section of the paper you must remember that - A) Most of these essays use the same information but it is just presented in different ways and B) That a quick scout through the 2016, 2015 and 2014 exam papers should allow you to prioritise some essays over others
I can post the regional and elective/options lists for you also if you wish.
Hi Guys - sorry for the delay in replying. The regional geography section is the lowest scoring nationally so it is an important one to get right. I will start by dividing the regional section into three sections:
- Concept of a Region
- Socio-Economic Activities
- Complexities of Regions
I stress the importance of not just relying on Primary, Seconday and Tertiary activities for this section as they typically cover a maximum of 3/6 30m which appear on the paper.
Concept of a Region:
This section tests a student's ability to understand what defines a region/the theory of regionalism
Physical/Geomorphological Regions - The Burren/North European Plain - you could also do the Munster Ridge Valley if studied
Climate Regions - Cool Temperate Oceanic Climate
Administrative Regions - Ireland and/or France
Cultural Regions - Language: The Gaeltacht/Belgium
Cultural Regions - Religion: Northern Ireland/Islamic World
Industrial Decline - Sambre Meuse Region/The Nord/Limerick/Greater Cork Area (which ever you have studied)
Socio-Economic Regions - Defining Core and Peripheral Regions
Next Up are the Core/Peripheral Socio-Economic Regions studied:
The West Region/BMW/North & Western Region: Primary/Secondary/Tertiary/Human Processes
The GDA: : Primary/Secondary/Tertiary/Human Processes
Mezzogiorno: Primary/Secondary/Tertiary/Human Processes
Paris Basin: Primary/Secondary/Tertiary/Human Processes
Sub-Continental Regions: Brazil/India/American Southwest - : Primary/Secondary/Tertiary/Human Processes/Culture
Finally, you have the Complexities section whereby you are expected to understand how regions are often complicated. Essays include:
- Conflict - The Basque Region/Pakitstan & India/Northern Ireland
- Political, Economic and Social Coplexities in Northern Ireland
- Expanding Boundaries - the GDA
- Shrinking Boundaries: The Gaeltacht Region (Technically the EU can also be used here due to Brexit)
- Implications of EU membership on Ireland
- Impact of EU membership on Ireland
You are also required to be able to draw a region or regions onto a map the country they are in (e.g. The BMW & GDA drawn into Ireland with physical/transport/urban features included).
While I would like to tell you to pick and choose your regions, recent exam papers have asked students to compare or contrast regions - therefore you must know all
Hope this helps
Hi everyone, the list of all topics does make geography seem very heavy, but there is a huge amount of repetition. For example, if you understand plate boundaries (the collision and separation of plates), then the same information covers the global distribution of volcanoes, earthquakes, fold mountains, the impacts of plate tectonics on Ireland etc etc.
In relation to the comment above, the website given may be very useful, but it is a promoted and subscription service and promises to cut-corners which is never wise if you are aiming for a H1/2/3.
If any of you need a study plan or focussed plan of essays (in which I link topics together) let me know here and I will upload one.
Hi everyone. Apologies, I have not logged on here in some time. I will upload a list of topics, focussed essays, linked topics etc. this weekend.
To the poster who asked for the points on quarrying, that is no problem. However =, if you study Geothermal Energy instead, it covers you for two essays - human interference with the rock cycle and the positive impact of volcanoes, both of which are fairly common.
To 'Rosline' - are you studying both option 7 (Geoecology )and option 8 (Culture and Identity)??? It is no problem posting them, but just so you know, one is sufficient.
The above comments seem to have covered all of them but that being said please dont have an anurism the essays have a lot less information to retain then ones in history and if you ask your teacher then you may get a good idea of what ones come up the most, its not a guarantee but its an idea of what to do the most in.
@Mike087 I am just wondering whether I can only study mass movement essays and not Rivers, Coastal, and Gacial. Theres always an option between the four isn't there? And If i leant Soil Creep, Mudflows and Human Interaction would that be enough to cover this topic?
Thanks, your reply would be very helpful.