Ch 23: Concepts & Tools in Geography

About This Chapter

Review information about geography concepts such as types of regions and cultural geography. These video lessons also explore how the study of geography is changing through new ideas and technologies.

Concepts & Tools in Geography - Chapter Summary

In these lessons, our instructors review approaches in geography, including area, spatial and geographic systems analysis, as well as geography tools such as maps and GPS. Another lesson looks at interpreting several types of maps.

You'll also have the opportunity in this chapter to brush up on your knowledge of scale, place and space, learn about types of regions and explore how the environment has been impacted by human presence. By the end of this chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Describe contemporary approaches in geography
  • Explore geographic similarities
  • Explain how to use maps, GPS and GIS
  • Define and describe the characteristics of human and cultural geography
  • Give an overview of formal, functional and vernacular regions
  • List some ways humans have impacted the environment
  • Read topographic and geologic maps

You can study these brief lessons as your schedule allows, on a computer or mobile device. The quizzes that accompany them help you assess your knowledge, and video tags let you quickly find spots you need to re-watch.

7 Lessons in Chapter 23: Concepts & Tools in Geography
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis

1. Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis

Contemporary approaches in geography focus on studying human trends in a certain location and solving social issues with the use of geographic trend data. Explore the techniques of area, spatial, locational, and geographic systems analysis.

Geographical Similarities: Scale, Space & Place

2. Geographical Similarities: Scale, Space & Place

Identifying geographical similarities requires a working understanding of cultural geography. Discover some of the central concepts in cultural geography, such as space, place, and scale, and understand their differences from one another.

Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS

3. Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS

Geography is the study of the physical features of the Earth and of how human activity affects and is affected by the environment. Learn more about its tools of measurement such as maps, GPS and GIS.

Human & Cultural Geography: Definition, Characteristics & Studies

4. Human & Cultural Geography: Definition, Characteristics & Studies

Human and cultural geography involves the study of how physical environment interacts with the traditions of people. Explore the definition and characteristics of cultural geography, as well as some of the topics it covers, including globalization, language, and religion.

Types of Regions: Formal, Functional & Vernacular

5. Types of Regions: Formal, Functional & Vernacular

In geography, regions refer to divided areas that are distinguished from one another. Explore how regions are formed and three common types of regions: formal, functional, and vernacular.

Human Impacts on the Environment

6. Human Impacts on the Environment

Human activities have their impacts on the environment which are usually negative effects. Learn about how humans are destructive to the environment, and how this causes global climate change, habitat loss, and overharvesting.

How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

7. How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

Topographic maps use contour lines to show the elevation of an area. These lines have rules: they cannot cross, and they form circles around hills or depressions. Explore topographic and geologic maps, and learn how to read their contour lines, geologic markings, and colors.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 220 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Support