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Fundamentals of World Regional Geography

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ISBN-10: 0495106690

ISBN-13: 9780495106692

Edition: 2007

Authors: Joseph J. Hobbs, Andrew Dolan

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FUNDAMENTALS OF WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY is specifically designed for the one-semester or one-quarter course. The text focuses on each region as a whole, emphasizing their roles in the world domain, while still exploring the critical subregional issues that make up each region's unique identity. Following two introductory chapters that provide the basic concepts, tools, and vocabulary for the world regional chapter, the remaining chapters of the text each focus on one of the eight world regions, describing the historical, cultural, economic, political, and physical aspects that create regional unity, give them personality, and make them newsworthy. This big picture approach, perfect for one-semester courses, places each region in a more global perspective, encouraging students to develop their own worldview. Unlike other brief world regional geography texts, however, FUNDAMENTALS OF WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY does not ignore or downplay subregional issues. The final section of each regional chapter looks at numerous specific issues and landscapes within the region that have broad implications for the rest of the region as a whole and how those issues impact other global regions. The text is fully integrated with World Regional GeographyNow?, the first assessment-driven and student-centered online learning solution created specifically for this course. World Regional GeographyNow? uses a series of chapter-specific diagnostic tests to build a personalized learning plan for each student, allowing students to focus their study time on specific areas of weaknesses. Each personalized learning plan directs students to specific chapter sections and concept-driven multimedia tutorials designed to maximize their study time and augment their understanding.
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Book details

List price: $147.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 2/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 425
Size: 9.00" wide x 10.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

Objectives and Tools of World Regional Geography
Welcome to World Regional Geography
The Language of Maps
Scale
Coordinate Systems
Projections
Symbolization
World Regions and Other Mental Maps
More Key Concepts of Geography
Geography, Geographers, and You
Definitions and Insights: Core Location and Peripheral Location
Physical and Human Processes That Shape World Regions
Patterns of Climate and Vegetation
Precipitation
Temperature
Climate and Vegetation Types
Biodiversity
Global Environmental Change
The Revolutions That Have Changed the Earth
Hunting and Gathering
The Agricultural Revolution
The Industrial Revolution
The Geography of Development
Measures of Development
Causes of Disparities
Environmental Impacts of Underdevelopment
Two Types of Overpopulation
Population Geography
Population Concepts and Characteristics
The Demographic Transition: Will the LDCs Complete It?
Where to from Here?
Geography of Energy: The Kyoto Protocol
Definitions and Insights: Globalization: The Process and the Backlash
Definitions and Insights: The Fuelwood Crisis
Definitions and Insights: The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Definitions and Insights: The Language of Human Migration
Definitions and Insights: Lifeboat Ethics
Europe
Area and Population
Physical Geography and Human Adaptation
Distinguishing Physical Characteristics
Europe's Varied Landscapes
Climate and Vegetation Patterns
Rivers and Waterways
Cultural and Historical Geographies
Language and Ethnicity
Belief Systems
European Impacts Abroad
Economic Geography
Supremacy and Decline
Postindustrial Europe
Land and Sea in the European Economies
Geopolitical Issues
East Versus West
The European Union
Houses Divided?
Regional Issues and Landscapes
The European Core
Northern Europe
Eastern Europe
Southern Europe
Regional Perspective: Europe's Immigration Issues
Definitions and Insights: Devolution
Definitions and Insights: Genetically Modified (GM) Foods and "Food Fights"
Russia and the Near Abroad
Area and Population
Physical Geography and Human Adaptations
The Roles of the Climates and Vegetation
The Role of Rivers
The Role of Topography
Cultural and Historical Geographies
A Babel of Languages
Vikings, Byzantines and Tatars
The Empire of the Russians
Russia and the Soviet Union: Tempered by Revolution and War
Economic Geography
The Communist Economic System
Economic Roots of the Second Russian Revolution
Russia: A Misdeveloped Country?
Geopolitical Issues
Within Russia
Russia and the Near Abroad
The Far Abroad
Regional Issues and Landscapes
The Slavic Coreland
Russia's Northern Lands
The Caucasus
Central Asia
Definitions and Insights: Regional Names of Russia and the Near Abroad
Definitions and Insights: The Russian Cross
The World's Great Rivers: The Volga
Definitions and Insights: Russia and Other Land Empires
Geography of the Sacred: Stalingrad
Problem Landscape Chechnya
Geography of Terrorism: Georgia's Pankisi Gorge
Geography of Energy: Oil in the Caspian Basin
The Middle East and North Africa
Area and Population
Physical Geography and Human Adaptations
Hot, Dry and Barren, but, in Places Damp and Forested
The Middle Eastern Ecological Trilogy: Villager, Pastoral Nomad and Urbanite
The Village Way of Life
The Pastoral Nomadic Way of Life
The Urban Way of Life
Cultural and Historical Geographies
The Promised Land of the Jews
Christianity: Death and Resurrection in Jerusalem
The Message of Islam
Economic Geography
Geopolitical Issues
Chokepoints
Access to Oil
Access to Fresh Water
Terrorism
Regional Issues and Landscapes
Israel and Palestine
Egypt and the Sudan
The Gulf Oil Region
Turkey: Where East Meets West
Afghanistan: Rugged, Strategic, Devastated
Perspectives From the Field: Way-Finding in the Desert
Geography of the Sacred: Jerusalem
Definitions and Insights: Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims
Geography of Energy: Middle Eastern Oil Pipelines
Geography of Terrorism: What Does al-Qa'ida Want?
Monsoon Asia
Area and Population
Physical Geography and Human Adaptations
Climate and Vegetation
Agricultural Adaptations
Settlement Patterns
Cultural and Historical Geographies
Religions
European Colonization and Contemporary Asia
Economic Geography
The Dragon Rises
The Green Revolution
Geopolitical Issues
Nationalism and Nukes on the Subcontinent
East on the "Axis of Evil"
Islands, Sea Lanes and Islamists
Regional Issues and Landscapes
South Asia
Southeast Asia
China
Japan and the Koreas
Geographic Spotlight: China's One Child Policy
Definitions and Insights: Shifting Cultivation
Geography of the Sacred: The Korean Village
Geography of the Sacred: The Sacred Cow
Definitions and Insights: Outsourcing
Geography of Energy: The Spratly Islands
The Pacific World
Area and Population
Physical Geography and Human Adaptation
High Islands
Low Islands
The Vulnerable Island Ecosystem
Cultural and Historical Geographies
Indigenous Peoples
The Europeans
Economic Geography
Geopolitical Issues
Regional Issues and Landscapes
Australia and New Zealand
Definitions and Insights: Deforestation and the Decline of Easter Island
Perspectives from the Field: With Aborigines and Missionaries in Northwestern Australia
Regional Perspective: Foreign Militaries in the Pacific: A Mixed Blessing
Africa South of the Sahara
Area and Population
Physical Geography and Human Adaptation
A Land of Plateaus and Rivers
Climate, Vegetation, and Water
Subsistence Agriculture and Pastoralism
Wildlife
Cultural and Historical Geographies
Some Common Culture Traits
Languages
Religions
The Geographic Impact of Slavery
Colonialism
Economic Geography
Cash Crops
Minerals
Communications and Transportaion Infrastructure
Trade, Debt, and Aid
Costly Political Leadership
Geopolitical Issues
Regional Issues and Landscapes
The Sahel
West Africa
The Horn of Africa
Southern Africa
The Indian Ocean Islands
Medical Geography: HIV and AIDS in South Africa
Regional Perspective: The Great Rift Valley
Definitions and Insights: Africa's Greatest Conservationist
Regional Perspective: Managing the Great Herbivores
Perspectives from the Field: Under Madagascar
Biogeography: Crop and Livestock Introductions as "The Curse of Africa"
Problem Landscape: The Trade in Dirty Diamonds
Definitions and Insights: Microcredit
Latin America
Area and Population
Physical Geography and Human Adaptation
Climates and Vegetation
Elevation and Land Use
Nature's Furies
Cultural and Historical Geographies
Languages
The Conquest
Non-Native American Ethnic Patterns
Economic Geography
Commercial Agriculture
Types of Farms
Minerals and Mining
Free Trade Agreements
Sending Money Home
The Tourism Business
Geopolitical Issues
Regional Issues and Landscapes
Middle America
Central America
South America
Antarctica: The White Continent
Natural Hazards: El Nino
Definitions and Insights: Fair Trade Fruits
Problem Landscape: The Troubled Fields of Land Reform
Geography of Drug Trafficking: The War on Drugs
The United States and Canada
Area and Population
Physical Geography and Human Adaptation
Landforms, Vegetation, and Land Uses
Climatic Regions
Cultural and Historical Geographies
Native American Civilizations
Indigenous Languages and Life Ways
Settlement or Conquest
The New Lands, The Migrations, and the Immigrants
Nonindigenous Languages and Faiths
U.S.-Canada Historic Relations
Economic Geography
Agricultural, Forest, and Mineral Resources
Mechanization, Services, and Information Technology
U.S.-Canada Economic Relations
Transportation Infrastructure
Geopolitical Issues
Regional Issues and Landscapes
Canada
The United States
Geographic Spotlight: The Modern-Day Slave Trade
Natural Hazards: Nature's Wrath in the United States
Geography of Energy: Nuclear Power and Other Energy Alternatives in the United States
Definitions and Insights: Trade Barriers and Subsidies