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Geographic Tools & Regions - Chapter Summary
Review this chapter's fun lessons to ensure you have a quality understanding of geographic tools and regions. Explore the lessons anytime, day or night, to strengthen your knowledge of topics that include map projection, absolute location, cultural geography and human grouping. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be able to:
- Identify types of maps, and exhibit an understanding of topographic maps
- Discuss map projection, map scale and relative distance in geography
- Differentiate between relative location and absolute location
- List geography tools, and describe how to use GIS to find demographic information
- Describe the four spheres of Earth
- Explain how geography and climate affect civilizations
- Share details about major geographical regions found on the world map
- Define human and cultural geography, and discuss identity and human grouping
Resources in this chapter enable you to enhance and assess your understanding of geographic tools and regions with ease. Watch short videos or review full transcripts to study this subject in your format of choice. Take the mini quiz with each lesson to gauge your comprehension. Expand your knowledge by submitting lesson topic questions to our experts.
1. 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.
2. Using & Understanding Topographic Maps
Topographic maps are useful because they help us understand and locate topographic features on Earth's surface. But in order to properly read a topographic map, you need to be able to interpret its lines, symbols, and shapes correctly.
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. Relative Distance in Geography: Definition & Overview
In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of relative distance in geography and review a couple of examples to further your understanding. Following the lesson, you can take a brief quiz to test your knowledge.
5. Relative vs. Absolute Location in Geography
Location is important in geography. But what's the difference between absolute and relative location? In this lesson, you will learn the distinction between these two types of location. A short quiz following the lesson will allow you to test your knowledge.
6. 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.
7. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Find Demographic Information
When dealing with numerical data, GIS can make a major difference. Explore the use of GIS isn demographics and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
8. The Four Spheres of Earth: Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Atmosphere
Earth is made up of four distinct yet connect spheres. In this video lesson, you will learn about where each sphere is found on Earth, as well as some features commonly found in each.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Human & Cultural Geography: Definition, Characteristics & Studies
Humans don't exist in a vacuum. We live with other humans, and we live in a specific environment. In this lesson, we'll examine human & cultural geography, including what it is, and what types of topics are studied in the field.
12. Identity and Human Grouping: Cultural, Ethnic, Racial & Gender
This lesson will seek to explain the different human groupings of culture, race, ethnicity, and gender. In doing so, it will discuss how these terms are and are not tied to biological and physical traits.
13. Cultural Influence on a Geographic Region: Vocabulary
How does a culture spread? And how can we study the way that culture changes across physical space? In this lesson, we'll look at two approaches to cultural geography: the core-domain-sphere model and culture regions and realms.
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