ICELAND TO NEW YORK FOR ADVENTUROUS GEOGRAPHERS
King’s School geographers took a walk on the wild side when they visited two of the most disparate landscapes the world has to offer on a field trip with a difference.
The first three days saw the party of 33 GCSE and A Level students fly out to Iceland to stand on the meeting point of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. The second half of the trip was spent in New York looking at the effect man has had on the landscape and the rapid spread of humanity across what were a series of off-shore Islands.
King’s Geography teacher and expedition leader Lucy Talbot, said: “It was a double whammy. Iceland provided a superb location for the study of physical geography with our pupils able to see wonderful examples of glaciers, volcanoes, their lava flow and some of the world’s most impressive waterfalls. Where better than New York to look at human geography and the study of how peoples, cultures and communities interact with their environment.”
Fellow King’s Geography teacher Jonathan Wales, who also guided the trip, said: “From standing below Skogafoss waterfall – rated as one of the five largest waterfalls worldwide – to standing on top of the iconic Empire State Building and able to see the sprawling city and its effect on what is a series of islands at the mouth of a major continental waterway, the trip offered graphic insights.”
Jonny added: “Geography is rated as the number one university course desired by employers because it is both a science and an arts subject and it allows us to see both where we have come from and where we are going.”
King’s Geography A Level student Tom Carter said: “My abiding memory of the trip would be the glacier hike and seeing the impact we have on the rate we cause the ice to melt. It made me truly realise the lengths we must go to protect such features.”
Tom, who is applying to read Geography at university, added: “In academic terms, the trip put into perspective what we learn in the classroom. Seeing first-hand the features we have previously only seen on screen or in books increased my fascination for geography and heightened my understanding. I can now apply the geographical ideas we are told about in class to real-world examples.”
Author : Emily Fitzgibbons
Editor at The Glossy Magazine | Journalist & Office Manager at Salutions Limited