Cengage Advantage Books: Fundamentals of World Regional Geography

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-04
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole
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Well respected for its "profile" chapter organization and complete and accurate coverage, FUNDAMENTALS OF WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY is now available in this concise Advantage Books format at a more affordable price! 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.

Table of Contents

Objectives and Tools of World Regional Geography
Welcome to World Regional Geography
What Is Geography?
The World Regional Approach to Geography
The Objectives of This Book
The Language of Maps
Scale Coordinate Systems
Projections Symbolization
Mental Maps
New Geographic Technologies and Careers
Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
What Do Geographers Do for a Living?
Insights Core Location and Peripheral Location
Physical Processes That Shape World Regions
Geologic Processes and Landforms
Plate Tectonics Major Landform Types
Patterns of Climate and Vegetation
Precipitation Aridity Seasons
Climate and Vegetation Types
Biodiversity The Importance of Biodiversity
The World's Oceans
Why Should We Care about Oceans?
Global Environmental Change
Climate Change
The Greenhouse effect
The Effects of Global Warming
What Can Be Done about Global Climate Change?
Geography of Energy
The Kyoto Protocol
Human Processes That Shape World Regions
Two Revolutions That Have Changed the Earth Hunting and Gathering
The Revolutionary Aspects of Farming
The Industrial Revolution
Industrialization, Colonization, and Environmental Change
The Geography of Development
Measuring Development
Why Are Some Countries Rich and Others Poor?
Environmental Impacts of Underdevelopment
The Geography of Population
How Many People Have Ever Lived on Earth?
How Can We Measure Population Changes?
What Determines Family Size?
What Determines Death Rates?
What Determines Population Change Rate?
Why Has the Human Population "Exploded?"
The Age Structure Diagram
Where Do We Live?
The Geography of Migration
How Many People Will Live on Earth?
The Malthusian Scenario
What Is "Overpopulation"?
Addressing Global Problems
The Death Rate Solution and Lifeboat Ethics
The Birth Rate Solution and sustainable Development
Insights Globalization: The Process and the Backlash
Insights The Fuelwood Crisis
Insights The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Area and Population Europe's Subregions
Industrialization and the Development of Europe
Why Is Europe's Population Declining?
Physical Geography and Human Adaptations
Why Is Europe So Warm?
The Relationship of Human Settlement and Production to Europe's Varied Landscapes
Diversity of Climate and Vegetation
Rivers and Waterways
Cultural and Historical Geographies
Linguistic and Ethnic Groups of Europe
Europe's Religious Roots
European Colonialism and Its Consequences
Economic Geography
An Imbalance of Wealth Postindustrialization
Land and Sea
Geopolitical Issues
Postwar Europe
The Cold War and Its Aftermath
The European Union Size and Diversity of the European Union
The Future Difference between Europeans and Americans
Regional Issues and Landscapes
The European Core
What Is the European Core?
Great Britain and Ireland: Kingdom and Empire
Unity and Devolution
Paris as Primate City
Divided and Reunified Germany
Europe's Energy Alternatives
The European Periphery
What Is The European Periphery?
Northern Europe
Save the Whales+for Dinner
Southern Europe
The Basque Country North vs. South in Italy North vs. South in Cyprus
Eastern Europe Wrenching
Reforms in the "Shatter Belt" of Eastern Europe
Why They Call It "Balkanization" The Roma
Insights Site and Situation
Regional Perspective Europe's Immigration Issues
Insights Devolution
Insights Genetically Modified Foods and "Food Fights
Russia and Near Abroad
Area and Population
Physical Geography and Human Adaptations
The Roles of Climate 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's Period of Misdevelopment
Geopolitical Issues Within Russia Russia and the Near Abroad The Far Abroad
Regional Issues and Landscapes The Slavic Coreland Peoples and R
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