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Basic Geographic Terms & Concepts - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll review the basic terms and concepts of geography. Some of these subjects include ecology, important geographic terms and cultural convergence. After completing this chapter, you should be able to achieve the following goals:
- Identify the five themes of geography
- Outline the six essential elements of geography
- Define habitat and ecology
- Discuss assimilation, the demographic cycle and interdependence
- Describe the causes of spatial interaction through movement
- Give examples of cultural convergence
- Detail the expansion of cultural diffusion
Work through this learning resource at your own pace and go back to review the lessons as much as needed. Each one is accompanied by a self-assessment quiz to help you identify the subject areas that will need more work. Monitor your progress as you complete the chapter by keeping tabs on yourself through the Dashboard.
1. What Are The Five Themes of Geography?
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what geography is and describe the five key themes that make up geography. A short quiz will follow.
2. The Six Essential Elements of Geography
Geography is a lot more than maps. Learn what geography actually is, and discover the six essential elements of geography. Test your knowledge of the elements by taking a quiz when you are through.
3. What Is Habitat? - Definition & Explanation
Most people would agree that there's no place like home. In this lesson, we'll examine the biological version of a home, known as a habitat. It's important for us to know what makes up our habitat as well as other organisms' habitats.
4. What Is Ecology? - Definition & Explanation
From the largest animals to bacteria invisible to the human eye, the survival of any organism depends on its interaction with the environment. In this lesson you will learn the basics about ecology, the scientific study of these interactions.
5. Geographic Terms: Interdependence, Assimilation & Demographic Cycle
There is a lot more to studying geography than simply memorizing the names of rivers and mountains. In this lesson, we'll look at terms to help us study the relationship between the physical Earth and the people who live here.
6. Spatial Interaction Through Movement: Causes & Examples
In this lesson, you'll consider how geographers examine the flow of products, information, and people. You'll also learn what spatial interaction has to do with you wanting to see your favorite group in concert.
7. Cultural Convergence: Definition & Examples
How can cultures be impacted by interacting with each other? It's an important question in today's world, and in this lesson we'll examine it from the perspective of cultural convergence.
8. Cultural Diffusion: Definition, Expansion & Popular Cultures
In this lesson, we'll use the examples of viral videos, hip hop, and yoga to explore how culture is diffused and expanded. We'll also look at how the Internet impacts our understanding of popular culture.
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