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The Big Dry

How can we increase global access to fresh water?

Students must explore the challenges posed by water scarcity, increasing drought, and the prospect of a waterless world in the future.


Students must identify the distribution and uses of water resources across different countries and examine how water availability is changing, what is causing this phenomenon, and how it is impacting people living amidst water scarcity.


Students must use the knowledge derived from this investigation to create a solution or increase access to water in a country where this is needed most  


Key tasks

  • Climate modelling. Students explore how different climates lend themselves to different amounts of rainfall. They investigate climate and rainfall data to find correlations between climate and rainfall, then consider how places climates are changing over time and what impact this might have on rainfall 

  • Changing water cycle. Students examine the water cycle to consider how water should be a renewable resource, then investigate how changes or disruptions in the water cycle mean that water is becoming less plentiful for billions of people 

Key facts:

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Curriculum information

Geography - Water in the World

ACHGK037-042 | VCGGK105-110 | GE4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-5



15 - 20 lessons

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