Ch 16: Fundamental Geography Concepts

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Brush up on geography with this chapter about fundamental concepts, including map reading and statistical analysis. There is a quiz attached to each lesson, so you can easily measure your familiarity with all of these concepts.

Fundamental Geography Concepts - Chapter Summary

If you are getting reacquainted with fundamental geography concepts, then you are probably looking to get up to speed with everything related to mapping and other key topics. This chapter can refresh your memory about how geographers use maps to illustrate information about the world, political boundaries, population, weather patterns, and the planet's topography. Other review topics within this chapter are as follows:

  • Geography's 6 key elements
  • The applications of GIS, GPS, and geographic maps
  • Different kinds of maps
  • Examining geographical features with images and maps
  • Comparing scale maps and geologic maps
  • Maps of human characteristics within the U.S.
  • Interpreting geography statistics and the population pyramid
  • Human environmental adaptations
  • How humans affect the environment

Although there is a good amount of information to go over in this chapter, you can be certain that our instructors have organized the chapter in a way that lets you quickly get what you need. For starters, every one of our test prep review chapters has been split up into mini-lessons. We try to limit it to one main topic per lesson, which lets you clearly see all the topics available to study. Additionally, since the lessons have been miniaturized, you can go over all the important details of a single topic in less than 10 minutes.

We make shorter lessons to accommodate your schedule, but we also do it as a pedagogical approach. Too much information in one lesson may hinder your ability to learn, so in this case less is actually more. Instead of trying to take on everything at once and getting burned out, our mini-lesson approach lets you look at one topic at a time, which is a far more reasonable and effective way to prepare for a test.

11 Lessons in Chapter 16: Fundamental Geography Concepts
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Six Essential Elements of Geography

1. 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.

Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS

2. 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 geographic information systems, and their differences.

Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

3. Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

This lesson will explain the different types of maps used to interpret and study our world. In doing this, it will focus on maps that deal in elevation, population, weather patterns and more.

Using Maps & Images to Identify Geographical Features

4. Using Maps & Images to Identify Geographical Features

There's a whole world that can be seen in maps and images, but only if you know how to read them. In this lesson, we'll examine this problem and see how people depict the natural world in different ways.

How to Construct and Interpret a Scale Map

5. How to Construct and Interpret a Scale Map

This lesson will explain what a scale map is and how it represents two different things on the map expressed as a ratio. This lesson will also demonstrate the steps needed to create a scale map from any ordinary map.

Understanding & Interpreting a Geologic Map

6. Understanding & Interpreting a Geologic Map

Geologic maps are neat because they show us the location of features found underneath Earth's surface. But just like any other map, they have their own set of symbols and codes that we need to understand in order to properly interpret them.

Mapping the Physical and Human Characteristics of the United States

7. Mapping the Physical and Human Characteristics of the United States

After watching this video, you will be able to describe the physical and human characteristics of the United States, including cities, mountains, rivers, and valleys, among others. A short quiz will follow.

The Population Pyramid

8. The Population Pyramid

In this lesson, we look at what a population pyramid is, how to read it, some interesting features about them, and what are some prototypical examples of them.

How to Read & Analyze Geography Statistics

9. How to Read & Analyze Geography Statistics

Numbers aren't just for mathematicians - learn how you can interpret statistics about the people who live in a place (human characteristics) or the physical features of that place (physical characteristics).

How Humans Adapted to Their Environments

10. How Humans Adapted to Their Environments

In this lesson, you will explore the impact of early humans on their environments and discover how these first communities survived. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Human Impacts on the Environment

11. Human Impacts on the Environment

The human population continues to grow, but the size of Earth and the resources available for our use are limited. Humans greatly impact the world around them, and our actions can and often do have dramatic and long-lasting consequences.

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