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Geography, Maps & Waterways - Chapter Summary
The earth's landforms and waterways are incredibly vast, which is why experts have created maps and other resources to help us understand its geography. If you're interested in learning more about geography, maps and waterways, review this chapter's engaging lessons. When completed, you will be prepared to:
- Define types of geography
- Identify different types of maps
- Discuss geographic coordinates, inlcuding latitude, longitude and elevation
- Describe common tools like maps, GPS and GIS
- Share the meaning of cardinal and intermediate directions
- Pinpoint major geographical regions on the world map
- Explain the importance of the major waterways of the United States
- Map the physical and human characteristics of North America, Africa and the Middle East
Organize the resources in this chapter so you can study geography, maps and waterways concepts at your own pace. Navigate the lessons in any sequence, anytime and as often as you'd like. Feel free to test your knowledge of concepts through the corresponding quizzes before, during or after reviewing the lessons. Gain clarity about any lesson topic by sending your questions to our experts.
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. 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.
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. 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.
5. Cardinal & Intermediate Directions: Definition & Meaning
This lesson defines cardinal and intermediate directions, explains their meaning, and then goes over the importance these directions have with respect to navigation.
6. 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.
7. Major Waterways in the United States
Learn about the major waterways of the United States, including the Mississippi, the Missouri, and the Great Lakes. Why were they important historically? And why are they important today? Take a quiz to test your knowledge.
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. Mapping the Physical & Human Characteristics of Africa & the Middle East
Many of the first settlements in Africa and the Middle East have been continuously inhabited for more than 10,000 years. Are we just sentimental, or did our ancestors do that good of a job of picking places to live? This lesson answers that question.
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