In his first post this year, Vicent, your History teacher, posted about mega cities and gave you a link so you could find out the huge number of people that live nowadays in conurbations, megacities and metropolitan areas.
Let’s consider the amount of energy they consume at night. We’ll be orbiting the earth at night. We shall reflect on the different patterns they reflect. Can you draw any conclusions from this variation in patterns?
Have a look at a you tube video that zooms in different cities at night. The images are beautiful and they give you a different perspective of cities too, you will see variations in light patterns. You have already analysed in History lessons different city structures. This time you will see what cities look like at night, depending on light. You will have an unusual vantage point: thanks to technological advances you will be orbiting the earth on a sattelite. Enjoy!
The narrator tells us the name of the city, the country and makes some comments on the pattern of lights and the colours.
I do not want you to do any difficult homework, it is a long video, just concentrate on the beauty of the images and get used to how cities are pronounced in English.
I have included a list of the cities and places that appear in the video and grouped them by continents. You have also a map, to give you the opportunity to situate the cities in the map.
- Zurich, Switzerland
- Milan, Italy
- Athens, Greece
- Antwerp, Belgium
- Madrid, Spain
- London, England
- Cairo Egypt
- the pyramids
- the Nile
- Tel Aviv Israel
- Riyahd, Saudi Arabia
- Jedda, Saudi Arabia
- Mecca, Saudi Arabia
- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- oil field fires near Kuwait city
- North west coast of India
- Karachi, Pakistan
- Manila, Philippines
- Yangon, Myanmar
- Hong Kong, China
- Busan, South Korea
- Fukuoka, Japan
- a fleet of fishing boats in the Korea Strait
- Tokio, Japan
- Nagoya, Japan
- Brisbane, Australia
- Sao Paolo, Brazil
- Mexico City, Mexico
- El Paso, Texas
- Phoenix, Arizona
- San Francisco Bay area, USA
- Miami, Florida
- Huston, Texas
- Los Angeles and San Diego, USA
- Wahshington DC, USA
- Las Vegas, USA
Here follows some of the sentences you will hear in the video:
the cities of the Middle East are multicoloured and strikingly beautiful
Cities in Europe display a network of roads that radiate outwards like glowing spider webs
Some north American cities display a clear North,South, East,West grid pattern
We now have a database of 400.000 images of cities at night
Homework: Tuesday 26th September
- Choose a couple of cities you had not heard of and try to locate them in the map.
- Practice the pronunciation .
- Send a post to the blog with the 2 cities you have learnt to situate on the map.
- Which cities, if any, did you miss in the list?
- Any other comments?
- Did you like the images?
- Did you learn any geography?
- Are all the cities that appear on the video reflected in the map that opens this post?
- Which continent/continents are less represented?
- Which place would you like to visit and why?
Remember not to repeat the same answers. Copy your answer in your notebook too.