Welcome to Geography Theme 1.
However, major changes are taking place that increase the geostrategic stakes and power rivalries, especially around channels and international straits. The development and use of the seas and oceans manifest tensions between contradictory objectives, such as the desire for exclusive rights/ control and the freedom of movement or exploitation of natural resources versus conservation. This explains in large part why the demarcation of exclusive economic zones(EEZs) is today the main cause of tension between states competing over the resources present in these areas and the desire of these states to exploit these resources.
Obligatory Reading: MARSHALL CHP 2 CHINA and CHP3 THE USA
Start your learning with this introductory PPT:
and the accompanying worksheet:
Useful video resources include:
1) For ship routes
2) A link to a site with a maritime shipping map:
3) Video about shipping containers:
4. AMQ Homework Documents:
Don’t forget to check out the OIB METHODOLOGY section of the blog for help with AMQs.
5. Seas and Oceans as areas of tension: Video about the South China Sea:
6. The Ocean Economy Critical Reflection Exercise:
Chapter 2: Comparing France and the USA in terms of Martime Power
For both the US and France, seas and oceans have economic, environmental and geostrategic importance. France and the United States control the two largest exclusive economic zones (EEZs), (even though the US has not ratified the UNCLOS), and they assert their respective maritime power despite the loss of competitiveness of their ports. On the one hand, this topic focuses on the economic role of maritime spaces, especially with regard to resources, the flows of goods and information. On the other hand, it is important to examine the military and diplomatic aspects of maritime power exercised by France and the United States.
This is the key booklet for this comparative study of French and US maritime power:
Here is the introductory / overview Powerpoint used in the lessons to prepare you for the extended assignment:
This is the base map used for French maritime power:
A recent NOAA report on the importance of the maritime economy to the USA:
French Maritime Security report for 2015:
A very useful site explaining the power of the US Navy and how it is projected around the globe: