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Ch 34: Basic Geography Concepts

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This chapter covers a variety of basic geographical concepts, from ecosystems and the water cycle to glacier movement and plate tectonics. Each lesson is filled with geographical related content and taught by a professional instructor available for your questions.

Basic Geography Concepts - Chapter Summary

This chapter explores a wide number of fundamental concepts in geography, providing teachers with a strong foundational understanding of the subject to employ in the classroom. Understand how different elements interact to affect the natural world on our planet. Topics detailed include:

  • Acculturation
  • Human population
  • Cultural change
  • Types of boundaries
  • The classification and global distribution of climates
  • Natural factors that affect a region's climate
  • Air masses and their impact on weather
  • Volcanic landforms and landforms created by waves
  • Erosion and deposition
  • Natural resources

While the amount of content may be intimidating, you'll find several tools at your disposal to assist your learning as you go. The dashboard feature allows you to stay organized by tracking your progress and recent activity, while the practice quizzes accompanying each lesson make for a simple way of checking your understanding topic-by-topic.

15 Lessons in Chapter 34: Basic Geography Concepts
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Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches

1. Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches

Check out this video lesson to understand the many complex aspects of an ecosystem. See how animals live in habitats and survive amongst their surroundings.

Acculturation: Definition, Theory & Examples

2. Acculturation: Definition, Theory & Examples

The following lesson explains how individuals and groups experience acculturation by discussing four main factors associated with acculturation: language, immersion, assimilation, and integration. A quiz is provided to assess your understanding of the topic.

The Human Population: Factors that Affect Population Size

3. The Human Population: Factors that Affect Population Size

The human population is constantly changing. In this lesson, we will explore the factors that cause increases and decreases in the human population, including births, deaths, immigration, and emigration.

Mechanisms of Cultural Change: Invention, Diffusion & Innovation

4. Mechanisms of Cultural Change: Invention, Diffusion & Innovation

This lesson will seek to explain the concept of cultural change. In doing so, it will highlight the change mechanisms of invention and innovation. It will also explain the different types of diffusion.

Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural

5. Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural

This lesson will seek to explain physical, political, and cultural boundaries. In doing so, it will identify differences in socio-economics, language, and religion as foundations for boundaries.

Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

6. Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

Earth has many climates, but we can categorize them based on common characteristics. In this video lesson you will identify the 5 major climate classifications on Earth, as well as where on Earth these climates are found.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

7. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

Climate is influenced by factors like atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms and plate tectonics. This lesson explains how these effects affect our weather patterns, which determine climate.

Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

8. Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

Air masses affect weather in a number of different ways. In this lesson, you will learn about the different types of air masses found on Earth and how the movement of air masses creates changes in the weather.

The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

9. The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

This lesson discusses the processes water takes as it moves around the Earth in the water cycle. You'll get an in-depth look at condensation, precipitation, and evaporation.

Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface

10. Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface

After many years of trying to solve the mystery of the moving continents, enough data and evidence was collected to develop a unifying theory of how the surface of the earth changes. It's called plate tectonics.

Volcanic Landforms: Types & Formation

11. Volcanic Landforms: Types & Formation

Volcanic eruptions pull materials up from deep within the earth to form various volcanic landforms, such as lava domes, lava plateaus, fissure eruptions, craters and calderas. Learn about these volcanic landforms and how they are created.

Glacier Movement: Definition & Process

12. Glacier Movement: Definition & Process

Glaciers are mountains of ice that move. This movement is usually a combination of processes that include internal plastic deformation and basal sliding. Learn about these processes and factors that increase glacial flow rates.

Landforms Created by Waves

13. Landforms Created by Waves

After completing this lesson, you will be able to list coastal landforms and describe how waves create them. A short quiz to test your knowledge follows the lesson.

Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms

14. Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms

Landforms are constantly being broken down and reformed by the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition. In this lesson, we explore chemical and physical weathering and how the face of the earth gets changed.

What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

15. What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

Natural resources are materials provided by the Earth that humans can use to make more complex (human-made) products. In this lesson, you will learn some examples of natural resources and how to classify them.

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