Using Morocco's Sahara desert as a case study this title considers the challenges of hot desert environments, including extreme temperatures, lack of water and inaccessibility. It then looks at the opportunities deserts can offer if these challenges can be overcome. Fantastic case studies provided include: the world's largest solar plant, the "Hollywood of the desert" film studios where Game of Thrones is filmed, large scale irrigation schemes used for citrus cultivation, mineral extraction and luxury desert tourism.


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AQA GCSE Section Hot deserts

Development of hot desert environments creates opportunities and challenges

A case study of a hot desert to illustrate:

• development opportunities in hot desert environments: mineral

• extraction, energy, farming, tourism

• challenges of developing hot desert environments: extreme temperatures, water supply, inaccessibility.

iGCSE Edexcel Topic 7: Fragile environments and climate change

7.2 There are various impacts of desertification, deforestation and climate change on fragile environments

c) Negative effects that climate change is having on fragile environments and people (ecosystem changes, reduced employment opportunities, changing settlement patterns, health and wellbeing challenges, including food supply).

7.3 The responses to desertification, deforestation and climate change vary depending on a country’s level of development

a) How technology can resolve water-resource shortages in fragile environments under threat from desertification.

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