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Geographic Reference Sources, Tools & Technologies - Chapter Summary
Get information about geographic reference technologies, sources and tools when you examine this chapter. You'll study geography tools, GPS, GIS and maps in these video lessons. After you finish this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Define the symbols used in map keys and legends
- Discuss map scale and projection
- Outline the geographic coordinates of longitude, latitude and elevation
- Interpret and understand a geologic map
- Read charts, tables and graphs
- Explain the population pyramid
- Identify the geography tools of photographs, diagrams and globes
- Detail almanacs and atlases as sources of geographic information
As you work on your educational goals, allow this chapter to make your study process enjoyable and successful. Our video lessons are generally about ten minutes long. Use the video tabs feature for navigation purposes. Reach out to an expert through the Dashboard with your questions.
1. 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.
2. What is a Map Key/Legend? - Definition, Symbols & Examples
Learn about maps and map keys/legends. Understand why map keys are essential to understanding maps, and see some examples of the importance of map keys.
3. Map Projection & Scale
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a map projection is, what a map scale is, and why they need to be carefully chosen when creating a map. A short quiz will follow.
4. Geographic Coordinates: Latitude, Longitude & Elevation
This lesson will seek to explain the geographic coordinate system. In doing so, it will explain latitude and longitude. It will also highlight the equator, the prime meridian, and the concept of elevation.
5. 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.
6. Interpreting Charts, Graphs & Tables
Important information in the business and scientific world is often presented in various visual aids. In this lesson, we will discuss how to read and interpret charts, graphs, and tables.
7. 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.
8. Geography Tools: Photographs, Globes & Diagrams
This lesson takes a peek into the geographer's toolkit to examine how they use photographs, globes, and diagrams to study our planet. This includes both aerial and satellite photographs, virtual globes, and diagrams we see every day.
9. 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.
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