“Seriously, how big is Singapore?”
In my reading we found many different figures for the area of Singapore by various sources. This is interesting and possibly worthwhile to send the students on a search journey to find out the size of Singapore and discuss the reasons for such discrepancies. Questions possibly stemmed from how surveys are done. Is the area calculated based on area exposed during low tide? Is it calculated base on aerial photos or physical land survey? Can the students use google map to calculate?
LAND AREA (SQ. KM) IN SINGAPORE
The Land area (sq. km) in Singapore was last reported at 700 in 2010, according to a World Bank report published in 2012. Land area is a country’s total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes. This page includes a historical data chart, news and forecasts for Land area (sq. km) in Singapore. http://www.tradingeconomics.com/singapore/land-area-sq-km-wb-data.html
Land Area (sq km)
|Nature Reserve||Area/ ha||Percentage|
|BTNR & CCNR||3,043||4.29|
|Labrador Nature Reserve||10||0.01|
|4 Nature Reserves||3183||4.48|
NParks website Use Google map to trace the fragmentation and note what human development activity has cause this fragmentation.