Release – Planet Native Geography

Introduction To World Regional Geography

In the first term, they were exposed to the first advanced course in statistics ever given in a US geography department, Geography 426, quantitative methods in geography and offered by Garrison. Richard Morrill, in that first class, says “it wasn’t just the introduction to beginning statistics but the whole gamut from beginning to all that was known in those days. But it was not only numbers to which they were exposed, but also to machines. There were the large, thudding Frieden calculators, but even more important was the recently acquired, even larger, computer.

Local or regional governments might have some decision-making power, but only at the command of the central government. A federal state, on the other hand, has numerous regional governments or self-governing states in addition to a national government. Several large states like the United States, Russia, and Brazil are federations. We might refer to the weather as partly sunny or stormy, for example. Climate, on the other hand, refers to long-term weather patterns and is affected by a place’s latitude, terrain, altitude, and nearby water bodies. Explained another way, “weather” is what you’re wearing today while “climate” is all the clothes in your closet.

Throughout the book, the sub-discipline perspectives are integrated into the descriptions of the regions, highlighting human and physical geography dimensions of the discipline. The author however consistently falls short when it comes to human-environment interactions, namely global environmental change, disasters and hazards geography. Examples include simple descriptions of El Nino, causes of climate, and root causes of deforestation in the Amazon, for example. There are also some concepts that I would expect given the author application of core and periphery concepts.

Emphasis is placed equally on what makes places and regions different or unique, and the key global issues that relate to one or more regions. Topics include urbanization, economic change, cultural difference, geopolitics, and environmental issues. This thematic approach, informed by pedagogical research, provides students with an introduction to thinking geographically. Instead of repeating the same several themes each chapter, this text emphasizes depth over breadth by arranging each chapter around a central theme and then exploring that theme in detail as it applies to the particular region.

Across 14 chapters the authors highlight 25Threshold Conceptsthat will help students learn to think geographically. Once they learn a threshold concept and apply it themselves, the will begin to integrate the concept in their thinking and can draw from it to learn new material and think geographically. When a Threshold Concept is introduced in depth, an icon appears and a definition is given at the bottom of the page. At the end of each chapter, theCreative and Critical Thinking Questionseach integrate Threshold Concepts, which gives you an opportunity to apply Threshold Concepts to your surroundings and case studies from each world region. Occasionally, a country meet the threshold of adjacency, but is not a good match in many elements of the physical and human landscapes.

Each chapter provides sufficient detail and generalized perspectives that are not overtly biased. Some of the tables are linked to Our World Data, a source I trust and which is updated regularly. Some of the maps and images are linked to Wikipedia, which I know has come a long way since it’s founding, but it not a source I would point students to or rely upon for accurate information. I typically point my students to Britannica, the CIA World Factbook, NASA, and Gap Minder, which are not perfect sources, but are far more scholarly. Access to the complete content on Oxford Reference requires a subscription or purchase.

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