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Seeing the World Like a Geographer. World Geography. The Geographic Setting. Thematic maps are all around us Weather map, bus route, mall map Show info about some aspect of physical or human geography. Thematic Map Can Show Physical Geography.

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The geographic setting
The Geographic Setting

  • Thematic maps are all around us

  • Weather map, bus route, mall map

  • Show info about some aspect of physical or human geography


Thematic map can show physical geography
Thematic Map Can Show Physical Geography

  • Physical Features – the natural parts of Earth’s surface

  • Landforms – mountains, valleys, plains, plateaus


Thematic map can show physical geography1
Thematic Map Can Show Physical Geography

  • Climate – long term weather patterns – rainfall, temperature

  • Vegetation – trees and other plants that grow in an area


Thematic maps can show human geography
Thematic Maps Can Show Human Geography

  • Political map – boarders of countries

  • Population density map – average number of people living in a unit of area – sq mile


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Thematic Maps Can Show Human Geography

  • Economic activity map – ways people produce, buy and sell goods and services

  • Natural resources – useful items found in nature


A map s title and legend state its theme
A Map’s Title and Legend State Its Theme

  • First look at the title

  • Map legend to determine how to read it - colors


Physical features
Physical Features

Basin - a large or small depression in the surface of the land or in the ocean floor

Bay - an area of water mostly surrounded or otherwise separated or limited by land.


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Physical Features

Delta - area where a river divides before entering a larger body of water

Gulf - a large bay that is an arm of an ocean or sea


Physical features2
Physical Features

Isthmus – is a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas usually with waterforms on either side

Lake - a body of liquid on the surface of a world that is localized to the bottom of a basin


Physical features3
Physical Features

Mountain range -a single, large mass consisting of a succession of mountains, closely related in position, direction, formation, and age.

Peninsula - is a piece of land that is surrounded by water but connected to mainland via an isthmus.

  • is a piece of land that is surrounded by water but connected to mainland via an isthmus.


Physical features4
Physical Features

Plain – is land with relatively low relief, that is flat or gently rolling.

Plateau - is an area of highland, usually consisting of relatively flat terrain.


Physical features5
Physical Features

River – is a natural watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing toward an ocean, a lake, a sea, or another river.

Strait - is a narrow, navigable channel of water that connects two larger navigable bodies of water.



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