17 July 2017

Year 10 Geography trip to Iceland

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As Founder’s Day slowly grew to a close, for many students this signalled the end of term and the start of their summer holiday. However, the following morning 83 Year 10 students met with eight members of staff in preparation for the annual Geography trip to Iceland – the Land of Fire and Ice!

The trip was a huge success, introducing students to some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. Snorkelling between two tectonic plates in Thingvellir National Park gave students a unique insight into how and why our planet behaves as it does, whilst exploring Gullfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls demonstrated not just the immense power of water, but also the dramatic and beautiful landforms waterways can produce. In addition to studying tectonics and hydrology, students also explored how Iceland uses its physical setting to create sustainable energy as well as how tourism is shaping Iceland’s economy.

The trip is not just invaluable for the student’s studies. Iceland is suffering from the impacts of climate change, and by witnessing this first hand, students gain a real understanding of the significance of studying Geography, and why understanding these geographical phenomena is so important.

James Harris, Teacher of Geography

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