24 January 2011

Educational Visit to Malta

by: Claire Attard – 3 Sempreviva

On the 26th of November 2010 Geography Option students together with Eko Skola students had an educational outing to Malta. We visited three different places; The Engineered Landfill at Maghtab, il–Maqluba at Qrendi and The Limestone Heritage in Siggiewi.

The first place that we went to was the Engineered Landfill. We visited this place in conjunction with the European Week for Waste Reduction held in all EU countries between the 22nd and 26th of November.  It was very interesting and I enjoyed it. When entering the site the first thing that caught my eye was the balance which weighs each truck that goes in. this procedure is done the weight he amount of rubbish that enters the landfill. The engineered landfill is as big as Valletta .The road that the truck or the car passes on, a long time ago it used to be a landfill and most of it is grown as vegetation. The most common tree which is being planted there is the Bruka/ African Tamarisk. After visiting the landfill we all became aware of the amount of rubbish that we throw every single day and how important it is to separate our waste so that it can be recycled.

They crush the wood to make it as compost.


The rain water that used to be left out in


This is the reverse osmosis


the sea is now collected in a man-made pond                                                                                                                

The ta’ Zwejra engineered landfill started operations in April 2004 .The Ghallis engineered landfill started receiving waste in October 2006. The Ghallis engineered landfill was designed to last about 7 years .

After Maghtab we went  to ‘il-Maqluba’ which is located in Qrendi. On the 23rd November 1343, Malta experienced one of its most severe winter storms ever, possibly accompanied by an earthquake. It was at this time that il-Maqluba was formed. This is a natural depression formed by the collapse of the underlying limestone strata, known as a doline in geological language. Being the middle ages, this natural event was obviously turned into a legend. This legend tells us of a group of bad people living together in a hamlet. God warned the village, through a good woman living close by, against their bad ways. As the bad people did not heed these warnings, God decreed that the land swallow the hamlet, sparing none except the good woman. There are many of Malta's national tree, the sandarac gum tree (siġra tal- għargħar). These trees live for many years. 



Limestone Heritage is the last place that we went to. From this place we learned how the Maltese rock is cut, used and formed. This place is situated in Siggiewi .This rock is the rock used for building in Malta and Gozo it is called Globigerina Limestone (il-gebla tal-Franka ) . The picture below shows us a diagram how in the old days they would get water.



Here you could see pictures which show us the equipment and the way how in the 1960’s they put the Globigerina Limestone , in the truck to take them to the origin the people need to build. This way of job is much easier than the older days because they use to carry the limestone the people themselves instead of using the more modern equipment .



These were all interesting places, and there is so much to learn. I hope that our teacher will take us to many other places since our island is rich with geographical places.


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