Ch 38: Physical & Historical Geography

About This Chapter

Work through this chapter on historical and physical geography at your own pace from on any mobile device or computer. This chapter contains lessons and quizzes that have been created by professional instructors to assist you in studying for an upcoming exam, catch up in class, or boost your general geography knowledge.

Physical & Historical Geography - Chapter Summary

You'll find short lessons in this chapter that cover physical and historical geography concepts for your review. Some of the subjects include the concepts of place and region and the different types of maps. This chapter is designed to assist you in achieving these objectives:

  • Explain the spacial organization of environments, places and people on the Earth's surfaces
  • Understand place and region
  • Define cardinal and intermediate directions
  • Differentiate between relative and absolute location in geography
  • Identify different types of maps
  • Explain the locations of major features in North America
  • Detail how to locate places on the world map
  • Describe how historical geography uses geography to interpret the past

Feel free to study whenever is convenient as you use this chapter to meet your educational goals. Before you take your exam, the comprehensive chapter test is a handy way to see how you might do and where you may need to study further. We've also provided help from one of our subject experts through the Dashboard if you find you need assistance.

8 Lessons in Chapter 38: Physical & Historical Geography
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Analyzing Spatial Organization of People, Places & Environments on Earth's Surfaces

1. Analyzing Spatial Organization of People, Places & Environments on Earth's Surfaces

After watching this video, you will be able to explain why studying spatial organization is important and describe aspects of the spatial organization of people, places, and the environments on the Earth. A short quiz will follow.

Understanding the Concepts of Place & Region

2. Understanding the Concepts of Place & Region

This lesson explores two of the five themes of geography - place and region. You will learn to define each and their subcategories, along with several examples to help you remember them.

Cardinal & Intermediate Directions: Definition & Meaning

3. 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.

Relative vs. Absolute Location in Geography

4. 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.

Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

5. 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.

Locations of Major Features in North America

6. Locations of Major Features in North America

This lesson explores the major physical features of North America. It highlights places like Denali, Death Valley, the Great Lakes, and the Sierra Madres of Mexico.

How to Locate Places on the World Map

7. How to Locate Places on the World Map

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what continents, countries, states, and counties are, and use them to locate a particular place on a world map. A short quiz will follow.

Historical Geography: Using Geography to Interpret the Past

8. Historical Geography: Using Geography to Interpret the Past

In this lesson, we explore the concept of historical geography, and how two different disciplines can shed new light on each other. To illustrate this, we look at a couple of classic examples using this approach.

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