Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Human migration

Human migration is the movement by people from one place to another. The movement is often over long distances and from one country to another, but internal migration in a country is also possible.

People may migrate as individuals, in family units or in large groups.

Below are four items about human migration:
- Human migration.
- Different types of human movements.
- Several categories of migration.
- Reasons for migrating.

1. Human migration.
Human migration is the movement of people from one place in the world to another, with the intentions of settling, permanently or temporarily in a new location.

2. Different types of human movements.
Then tell students that people move for many reasons, and that types of human migration include:

internal migration:
moving within a state, country, or continent.
external migration:
moving to a different state, country, or continent.
leaving one country to move to another.
moving into a new country.
return migration:
moving back to where you came from.
seasonal migration:
moving with each season or in response to labor or climate conditions.

3. Several categories of migration.
People who migrate fall into several categories:

An emigrant
is a person who is leaving one country to live in another.
An immigrant
is a person who is entering a country from another to make a new home.
A refugee
is a person who has moved to a new country because of a problem in their former home.

4. Reasons for migrating.
Why do people move? What forces drive human migration?

People move for many reasons and those reasons are called push factors and pull factors:

Push factors
Tell students that push factors include leaving a place because of a problem, such as a food shortage, war, or flood.
Pull factors
Tell students that pull factors include moving to a place because of something good, such as a nicer climate, more job opportunities, or a better food supply.

Extra questions:
What effect does a region’s economy, climate, politics, and culture have on migration to and from the area? Additional reasons for migrating, such as displacement by a natural disaster, lack of natural resources, the state of an economy and more.

Thursday, 29 March 2018


A monsoon is a seasonal change in the wind direction, caused by the shift of the tropical minimum and the changing temperatures over the ocean and land. The monsoon usually brings with it a different kind of weather. 

Long-term mean precipitation by month
The animation below shows the long-term average precipitation by month (mm/day and in/day).

The South-West Monsoon in the summer 
During June and July, the summer monsoon arrives with southerly wind flow driven by a warm air mass with low pressure at the surface that forms over southern Asia as it is warmed by the sun. Air from the relatively higher pressure air mass over the Indian and tropical western Pacific Ocean flows northward toward the low pressure over land, bring with it heavy rains.

The South-West Monsoon are rain-bearing on-shore winds, blowing from sea to land, and bring rains to most parts of the subcontinent. The Monsoon winds are eagerly awaited in most parts of India for their agricultural and economic importance.

The North-East Monsoon in the winter 
During the winter monsoon, a large high pressure zone over Asia drives cool, dry air southward toward the tropics. This provides the monsoon region with its dry season.

Subsequently later in the year, around October, these winds reverse direction and start blowing from north direction. The North-East Monsoon are off-shore winds. Given their land to sea flow, from subcontinent onto the Indian Ocean, they have less moisture and bring rain to only limited parts of India. This is known as the North-East Monsoon. 

Late arrival of the monsoon
A late arrival of the monsoon can be bad for agriculture, as the monsoon rains are necessary for summer crops.

In India, for example, the dry northerly wind flow over India changes direction, and warm humid air from the Indian Ocean flows from the south, gradually overspreading the Indian subcontinent. Widespread heavy rains, and even severe thunderstorms, large hail and tornadoes can accompany the onset (arrival) of the summer monsoon.

The annually monsoon rains flooding large part of Bangladesh, killing thousands of people and destroying farm animals and crops. Bangladesh is vulnerable to the natural disaster of flooding due to being situated on the Ganges Delta and the many tributaries flowing into the Bay of Bengal. 

The coastal flooding twinned with the bursting of Bangladesh's river banks is common and severely affects the landscape and Bangladeshi society. 75% of Bangladesh is less than 10m above sea level and 80% is flood plain, therefore rendering Bangladesh a nation very much at risk of further widespread damage despite its development. Whilst more permanent defences are being built, many embankments are composed purely of soil and turf and made by local farmers. Flooding normally occurs during the monsoon season from June to September during the monsoon. The convectional rainfall of the monsoon is added to by relief rainfall caused by the Himalayas. Melt-water from the Himalayas is also a significant input and flood every year.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Earthquake-resistant buildings

Earthquake-resistant structures are structures designed to protect buildings from earthquakes.

After a massive earthquake one wonders if it’s possible to build an earthquake-proof building? The answer is yes and no. 

There are of course, engineering techniques that can be used to create a very sound structure that will endure a modest or even strong quake. However, during a very strong earthquake, even the best engineered building may suffer severe damage. 

Engineers design buildings to withstand as much sideways motion as possible in order to minimize damage to the structure and give the occupants time to get out safely.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Interregional migration in the USA

Thursday, 23 February 2017

The anatomy of an earthquake

Professor Iain Stewart tells us more about the anatomy of an earthquake.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Megacities - Living In The City

City Slums - Megacity Problems

Problems of urbanisation in ELDCs of India and Brazil. Mumbai (Bombay) India, Asia and Rio de Janerio, Brazil, South America case studies.