Ch 2: Mapping the Earth

About This Chapter

In this chapter, you'll review entertaining map lessons and quizzes. The chapter's resources can help you improve your map reading skills and geography knowledge for an upcoming exam, homework assignment, project or fun.

Mapping the Earth - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive geography chapter goes over basic mapping concepts through bite-sized video lessons. Work through the chapter at your own pace to review grid references, map projections, geographic coordinates and common map types. You'll also locate several geographical regions on the world map. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Compare 4-figure and 6-figure grid references
  • Locate the prime meridian
  • Read geologic, topographic, weather, political, world and thematic maps
  • Identify the world's major geographical regions
  • Differentiate between the Mercator, gnomonic and conic map projections
  • Evaluate map locations, orientations and scales
  • Interpret map key/legend symbols
  • Recognize geographic coordinates, including latitude, longitude and elevation

The lessons are designed to be short, simple and easy-to-understand. You can make sure you fully understand these geography terms and concepts by taking the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. The chapter's online availability makes it easy to study whenever and wherever it's convenient. Finally, if you have any questions about the chapter topics, simply reach out to our geography experts.

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: Mapping the Earth
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Grid References: 4-Figure & 6-Figure

1. Grid References: 4-Figure & 6-Figure

Finding a location on a map can be challenging if you don't know where it is. This lesson will explain how a grid system consisting of 4-figure and 6-figure references help find any location on the map.

What is the Prime Meridian? - Definition, Facts & Location

2. What is the Prime Meridian? - Definition, Facts & Location

Learn about the Prime Meridian, including how, when, and why it was established. This lesson will help you to understand its importance to Earth's geographic grid and its importance to both location and time.

How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

3. How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

This lesson explains the main features of topographic maps, including contour lines, index contours and contour intervals. It will also cover two rules that all contours follow and discuss geologic maps and the information they contain.

Types of Weather Maps & Images

4. Types of Weather Maps & Images

Ever think that weather forecasters just make up their predictions? While they don't always get it right, weather forecasters have a great deal of information at their disposal, as this lesson demonstrates.

What is a Political Map?

5. What is a Political Map?

This lesson discusses the features of political maps. The term 'political map' is defined, key features of the political map are discussed, and tips are given for reading a political map.

The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

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.

Thematic Maps: Definition & Types

7. Thematic Maps: Definition & Types

Maps come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. In this lesson, we will review several examples of thematic maps and see how each can be used to analyze or disseminate data.

Map Projections: Mercator, Gnomonic & Conic

8. 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'.

Maps: Location, Scale & Orientation

9. Maps: Location, Scale & Orientation

Maps are something we assume will look a certain way, but that's not always true. In this lesson we will explore the real definition of maps and see how various people have used them.

What is a Map Key/Legend? - Definition, Symbols & Examples

10. 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.

Geographic Coordinates: Latitude, Longitude & Elevation

11. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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