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Geographic Concepts - Chapter Summary
These simple and effective geography lessons help you learn and review the basics of geography. The chapter begins with an explanation of geography's six essential elements and continues with lessons covering concepts such as natural resources, ecology and habitats. You'll also learn about the interaction between human societies and how populations are spread around the world. After completing the lessons in this chapter, you'll be able to:
- Understand the six essential elements of geography
- Define and explain concepts such as ecology and habitats
- Recognize types of natural resources
- Know what cultural diffusion is
- Assess the effects that geography and climate have on civilizations
- Determine how human societies interact
- Describe population densities around the world
- Explain population distribution and changes in demographic rates
- Analyze patterns of spacial distribution
The lessons in this chapter are taught by subject-matter experts who teach each concept in a straightforward and engaging manner. This teaching style allows you to quickly learn and remember essential geography definitions and concepts using highlighted definitions, memorable examples and interactive self-assessment quizzes. You can also print word-for-word lesson transcripts for further study and access the chapter material at any time that fits your schedule. These lessons can also be studied on any computer or mobile device.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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. Changes in Demographic Rates & Population Distribution
As populations change in size, shape, composition, and distribution, the world faces new challenges. Explore how we use demographics to identify and prepare for major changes, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
8. Population Density Around the World
This lesson will explain the concept of population density. In doing this, it will discuss sparsely versus densely populated areas. It will also identify the primary and secondary population clusters of the world.
9. Spatial Distribution: Definition, Patterns & Example
Human behaviors are hard to quantify, but there are ways to do it. In this lesson, we're going to check out spatial distribution and see how these studies can help us understand human lives.
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