Geography / Year 8 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 1: Landforms and landscapes

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Curriculum content descriptions

Human causes and effects of landscape degradation (ACHGK051)

Elaborations
  • analysing the effects of erosion and sedimentation produced by human activities, including farming and recreation, on landscape quality
  • examining the effects of mining and quarrying, and urban development, on landscape quality
  • describing the effects of river regulation including dams, locks, channel straightening and drains, on riverine and wetland landscape quality
  • investigating the effects of the built elements of environments (for example, urban development, marinas and sea walls) on coastal landscape quality
  • investigating the ways introduced plants or animals or activities such as mining affect landscape quality and examining the effects on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Human impact,  Sediment transport,  Soil degradation,  Erosion,  Construction

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