For any introductory course in geography, history, political science, global studies, or multicultural studies that places an emphasis on maps.
This versatile text and interactive workbook enables students to learn place geography – and, as they learn, to reinforce and apply that knowledge by constructing thematic maps which convey physical, economic, cultural, or political characteristics of places. Building Geographic Literacy can be used with any current standard world atlas or geography textbook.
Please note this Table of Contents is from the fifth edition of Building Geographic Literacy.
1. The Significance of Place
2. The Frame of Reference: Earth’s Location Grid, Time Zones, and the International Date Line
3. Lands and Seas
4. The United States and Canada
6. Russia, Transcaucasia, and Central Asia: A Region in Transformation
7. Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands
8. East Asia
9. South Asia
10. Southeast Asia
11. Africa South of the Sahara
12. The Middle East and North Africa
13. Latin America
• Complete updating of demographic and economic data:
– Includes the latest data illustrating new global trends in declining birth rates, labor migration, and rising incomes
– Example: Stagnant and negative growth rates in Europe’s population may slow economic expansion.
• Extensive treatment of the AIDS/HIV crisis in sub-Saharan Africa – Asks students to enter data on a map and answer relevant questions.
• Location analyses of Disney Theme Parks – Includes California, Florida, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong.
• Recent expansion of the European Union – Highlights the significance of global trends in economic integration at a time of political fragmentation.
• Coverage of international flows of fresh water in the Middle East — North Africa region – Encourages students to consider questions on future regional tensions concerning allocation of this vital resource.
• Newest data on national reserves of oil, including major new discoveries in Canada – Prompts students to answer questions about the interconnections of global economic and political geography.
• World political maps and European maps show 2006 independence of Montenegro