Introduction to Geography 13 9780073522883
Introduction to Geography

Introduction to Geography

Grade Levels: 13
By Arthur Getis and Mark Bjelland and Victoria Getis
Copyright: 2014
Publication Date: October 14, 2013
MHID: 0073522880
ISBN 13: 9780073522883

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Chapter Learning Outcomes have been added to each chapter.

The material on economic geography has been split into two chapters, allowing greater coverage of agriculture, manufacturing, the emerging international division of labor, and the services industry.

Boxes and topical discussions have been revised with new content and recent events, including coverage on Hurricane Sandy (2012), Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan (2011), and more!

Tables and figures have been reviewed and updated for accuracy and currency.

Key Features

Chapters are still self-contained and don’t need to be assigned in sequential order, which suits the emphasis and order preferred by the instructor.

Interactive base maps appear in the website, showing the political boundaries of Europe, North and South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Students can choose drag and drop exercises to test their knowledge of regions, states and key cities.

Fold-out World Map in the inside back cover provides students with both political and physical world data. The map is easy to use; when folded out it can be referenced from any chapter in the book.

Introduction to Geography

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Techniques of Geographic Analysis 19

Chapter 3 Physical Geography: Landforms 45

Chapter 4 Physical Geography: Weather and Climate 74

Chapter 5 Population Geography 110

Chapter 6 Cultural Geography 141

Chapter 7 Human Interaction 185

Chapter 8 Political Geography 214

Chapter 9 Economic Geography: Agriculture and Primary Activities 249

Chapter 10 Economic Geography: Manufacturing and Services 277

Chapter 11 An Urban World 301

Chapter 12 The Geography of Natural Resources 337

Chapter 13 Human Impact on the Environment 377

Appendices A-1

Glossary G-1

Index I-1

About the Author

Arthur Getis

Arthur Getis is a retired professor from San Diego State University, San Diego.

Mark Bjelland

Mark Bjelland is a professor at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Victoria Getis