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Geography Concepts - Chapter Summary
Included in this chapter are helpful text and video lessons that you can use to learn about some of the basic geography concepts. This subject is broken down into short topical lessons that you can easily study in a few minutes.
Use these lessons to go over the basics of the geography field as a whole, including different types of geography and natural factors that determine the climate of a region. You can then learn about the differences between the spatial, area, locational, and systems analysis approaches to studying geography. Additional topics you can learn about include:
- The definition and types of geography
- Contemporary approaches to geography
- Types of coordinates used in geography
- Physical and cultural boundaries
- Geographic patterns and factors that influence them
- The relationship between geography and weather
- Mapping physical and human characteristics
- Causes and effects of deforestation
The video tags included in each video allow you to locate and jump to the most important points in the videos without having to start from the beginning. The chapter also offers transcripts of each lesson that you can read over on your own time. Once you feel confident in your knowledge of these topics, you can take the chapter's practice quizzes to see how many facts from the lessons you can remember.
1. What is Geography? - Definition, Facts & Types
This lesson will define and explore the study of geography. In doing this, it will also explain the two main branches of geography, which are physical and cultural geography.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural
This lesson will seek to explain physical, political, and cultural boundaries. In doing so, it will identify differences in socio-economics, language, and religion as foundations for boundaries.
5. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate
Climate is influenced by factors like atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms and plate tectonics. This lesson explains how these effects affect our weather patterns, which determine climate.
6. Factors Influencing Geographic Patterns in the United States
After watching this video, you will be able to explain how colonization, westward expansion, immigration, transport, and communication have influenced geographic patterns in the U.S. historically. A short quiz will follow.
7. How Geography Affects the Weather
After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain how geography affects the weather, including physical geography and human geography. A short quiz will follow.
8. Mapping the Physical & Human Characteristics in North America's Regions
This lesson lists and describes the regions of North America. It focuses on terrain, climate, location, natural resources and people of the five main regions. It also defines the Cordilleras, wetlands and biomes.
9. Deforestation: Definition, Causes & Consequences
Deforestation is the clearing of trees without the intent of replacing them or reestablishing a stand of trees. Learn reasons for deforestation and discover the consequences of this process in all forests, including tropical forests.
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