ERIC Number: ED156594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Changing Land Use: The Fens of England. A Case Study in Land Reclamation [And] Student Work Book.
A social studies unit and student workbook explore changes in land use that have occurred in the Fenlands of England since the time it was first inhabited. Fens are lowlying land which is partially or completely covered with water. The English Fens are located on the eastern side of the British Isles and cover a total area of about 2,000 square miles. Chapter I reviews the nature and uses of the Fens during pre-Medieval times, from the Stone Age through Roman conquest and Danish invasions. During this time, land use in the Fens changed from infrequent visits by people to gather fuel and to catch fish and birds, to a settled existence combining cultivation and grazing. Chapter II explains that during the Middle Ages, monasteries controlled land use of the Fens and the economy was based upon native products (peat and reeds) and agricultural products. Some reclamation and drainage was carried out, financed by the monasteries. Chapter III shows how large scale reclamation was undertaken from 1700-1850. Drainage and subsequent lowering of the land surface resulted in flooding problems, which pumping technology partially solved. Chapter IV examines modern times in which the Fens have become one of the richest farming areas in England with a highly developed transport system for moving produce. The student workbook contains activities and questions to enhance student comprehension of each chapter. (AV)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Area Studies, Case Studies, Change Strategies, Conservation (Environment), Economics Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Geographic Concepts, Geography, Geography Instruction, History Instruction, Instructional Materials, Land Settlement, Land Use, Local History, Physical Environment, Population Trends, Social Studies, Soil Science, Technology, Transportation, United States History, Units of Study, Water Resources
Geography Curriculum Project, 107 Dudley Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602 ($3.00 set, paper cover, 15% discount 20 sets or more)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Geography Curriculum Project.
Note: For related documents, see SO 011 001-003; Picture following title page and figures 1, 2, 6-15, 18, 20, 22-23 (some photographs) may not reproduce clearly in hard copy