Geography For Dummies

Geography For Dummies

Language: English

Pages: 386

ISBN: 0764516221

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Geography is more than just trivia, it can help you understand why we import or export certain products, predict climate change, and even show you where to place fire and police stations when planning a city.

If you’re curious about the world and want to know more about this fascinating place, Geography For Dummies is a great place to start. Whether you’re sixteen or sixty, this fun and easy guide will help you make more sense of the world you live in.

Geography For Dummies gives you the tools to interpret the Earth’s grid, read and interpret maps, and to appreciate the importance and implications of geographical features such as volcanoes and fault lines. Plus, you’ll see how erosion and weathering have and will change the earth’s surface and how it impacts people. You’ll get a firm hold of everything from the physical features of the world to political divisions, population, culture, and economics. You’ll also discover:

  • How you can have a rainforest on one side of a mountain range and a desert on the other
  • How ocean currents help to determine the geography of climates
  • How to choose a good location for a shopping mall
  • How you can properly put the plant to good use in everything you do
  • How climate affects humans and how humans have affected the climate
  • How human population has spread and the impact it has had on our world

If you’re mixed up by map symbols or mystified by Mercator projections Geography For Dummies can help you find your bearings. Filled with key insights, easy-to-read maps, and cool facts, this book will expand your understanding of geography and today’s world.

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unequivocal win-win situation, except that opening a maquiladora is often complemented by closure of a manufacturing facility in the U.S., resulting in people out of work. Shopping malls The success of a mall rests on its accessibility to a large number of potential shoppers. For that reason, nearly every shopping mall you’ll ever visit is located beside a major multi-lane highway (and perhaps by a busy intersection as well) that accommodates a considerable volume and flow of traffic. Of

(5,280 feet or 1,760 yards) became the standard mile, and remains so to this day. Representative fraction (RF) The area shown on a map is a fraction of its actual size. Appropriately, therefore, scale may be indicated as a representative fraction (RF), which states the ratio between a unit of distance on the map and the same distance measured in the same units on the ground. As far as most people are concerned, this is the most confusing scale-type and the most difficult to explain. OK, here

surrounded the final forms. Compositions are achieved by bringing together materials that were formerly separate. In a similar manner, erosion and deposition (see previous section) are creative processes. Like standard works of art, the results may inspire us or, frankly, leave us unmoved. Either way, the creative power of gradation produces works that we live on and, in the case of soil, cannot live without. In the real world, nature has four means, or agents, at its disposal to quite literally

what air needs to do in order to condense and form rain. But the air also has little vapor remaining, so the prospects for precipitation are just about zilch. The result is a dry leeward slope, whose droughty environs are said to be in a rainshadow. Instead of a lone mountain, as in Figure 9-5, imagine a lengthy mountain range. The windward side has a rather wet climate. The leeward side, being in the moisture-deprived rainshadow, is a desert or semi-desert. For example, the Himalayan Mountains

majority of the population. In other countries, English is spoken only by a minority, even though it may be an “official language.” The “big picture” map aside, consideration of language — like religion — affords opportunity to observe and apply diverse concepts of cultural geography. Diffusing languages The map of English is in large measure a product of cultural diffusion from Britain through its former colonies. The initial stage was largely limited to relocation diffusion (described earlier

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