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A level pupils investigate fracking issues in Dorset

As part of the A level course on energy security, pupils have been looking at issues around unconventional fossil fuels, such as fracking for gas.

Pupils used a GIS package, a geographic information system, which lets you visualize, question, analyse, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. Using the GIS package, pupils were able to add information to maps.

Pupils have been overlaying Ordnance Survey maps with information from the Department for Energy. They could then select from this information for clarity and add additional research to give the map a little more context.

Pupils have created some fantastic maps using complex software showing the fracking process and the actual and possible hydrocarbon resource exploitation in the Poole Harbour area.