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Geographical Maps & Spatial Concepts - Chapter Summary
This helpful online study guide chapter provides basic information about geographical maps and spatial distribution. Using an approachable and engaging teaching style, our instructors will show you how to read population, weather, political, topographic and world maps. You'll learn about spatial geography perspectives; the differences between Mercator, gnomonic and conic map projections; and contemporary approaches to the study of geography. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Compare different map types and projections
- Explain the purpose of mental maps
- Evaluate contemporary geography approaches
- Develop a spatial geography perspective
- Define the concept of spatial distribution
Following each lesson is a short quiz, and the chapter ends with a comprehensive multiple-choice exam. Our instructors are happy to answer any questions you may have, and you can use any Internet-connected device to study the material. You can also revisit the lessons and quizzes as many times as needed.
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. Map Projections: Mercator, Gnomonic & Conic
This lesson will explain and illustrate the Mercator, gnomonic, and conic map projections. In doing this, it will highlight the strengths and flaws of each while also defining the term 'cartographer'.
3. Mental Maps in Geography
Mental maps are such a part of our everyday life, we barely realize we're using them. Learn about this fascinating activity going on in our brains, including how our mental maps get distorted or refined.
4. Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis
If geographers study people and places, exactly how do they look at the information they find? In this lesson, we'll examine contemporary approaches to studying geography, including spatial, area, locational, and systems analysis.
5. Developing a Spatial Perspective in Geography
After watching this video, you will be able to explain how and why a spatial perspective is important in geography and describe some of the tools and techniques used to develop such a spatial perspective. A short quiz will follow.
6. 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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