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Basic Geography Tools & Concepts - Chapter Summary
Our engaging chapter contains a series of lessons on basic geography concepts and tools. Here you'll watch videos about the five themes of geography and the effects of geography and climate on civilizations. After you finish this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Identify the five themes of geography and the six essential elements of geography
- Discuss GPS, maps and GIS as geography tools
- Provide an overview of the world map
- Outline almanacs and atlases as sources of geographic information
- Detail the impact climate and geography have on civilizations
- Explain the geographic terms assimilation, demographic cycle and interdependence
- Define cultural diffusion and its expansion
You'll find short lessons, helpful quizzes and tools you can use to review your understanding in this chapter. Our videos are simple to navigate and generally less than ten minutes in length for ease of use. Feel free to utilize the Dashboard to monitor your progress through the chapter and submit any questions to an expert that come up along the way.
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. Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS
How can we study the earth and the features in it? Watch this lesson to find out more about common tools used in geography, including maps, global positioning systems, and global information systems, and their differences.
4. The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions
The world is a big place, but how well do you know it? In this lesson, we're going to look at a basic overview of major world regions and see how they collectively create the world map.
5. Atlases & Almanacs as Sources of Geographic Information
Just like any other profession, geographers have specialized tools to help them. While they also rely on technologies like satellite imagery and advanced surveying tools, many geographers also use almanacs and atlases in their daily work.
6. Geography and Climate: Effects on Civilizations
In this lesson, we will look at the relationship between geography, climate, and civilization. We will learn why civilizations develop in particular regions and how this leads to lifestyle and cultural differences.
7. 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.
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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