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  1. Introduction to Human Geography Chapter 1

  2. Key Question: Why do Geographers use Maps, and What do Maps Tell Us?

  3. Map Appendix A Notes • Maps and their functions • Map Scale • Map Projections • The Grid system • Symbols on Maps

  4. What are Maps and what are their functions • What can maps be used for? • In what ways do maps distort?...Why? • How do maps show bias?

  5. Reference Maps Show locations of places and geographic features Absolute locations What are reference maps used for? Thematic Maps Tell a story about the degree of an attribute, the pattern of its distribution, or its movement. Relative locations What are thematic maps used for? Two Types of Maps:

  6. Reference Map

  7. Thematic Map What story about median income in the Washington, DC area is this map telling?

  8. Maps and their functions • Cartography = The art of map making • Reference Map = that used for navigating… ie. Road Map • Thematic Map: One used to illustrate a particular them • Mental Maps: Those that exist in one’s mind (Cognitive maps) • Topographic Maps… use lines to show contour.

  9. Map Scale • Is the ratio between actual distance on the ground and the length given on the map • Which scale would show a smaller portion of the earth, 1/1,000,000… or 1/1,000,000? • Larger scale = more zoomed in • Why are different scales needed in mapping the world?

  10. The Grid System • What function does the Grid System Serve? • What are the key aspects of the Grid system?

  11. Grid stuff to know… • Parallel • Latitude • Equator (0º N. or S.) • Tropic of Cancer (N) • Tropic of Capricorn (S)… 23.5º • Arctic Circle • 0º - 90º N or S • Meridian • Longitude • Prime Meridian 0º E or W • International date line 180º E or W

  12. Map Projections • Why are there different map projections? • Which ones do I need to know? • Azimuthal • Peters • Fuller / Dymaxion • Robinson • Mercator • What are the strengths and weaknesses? • For what are they most commonly used?


  14. Peters

  15. FULLER



  18. Map Symbols • Dots • Tones/shades/colors • Isolines • Symbols

  19. Mental Maps: maps we carry in our minds of places we have been and places we have heard of. can see: terra incognita, landmarks, paths, and accessibility Activity Spaces: the places we travel to routinely in our rounds of daily activity. How are activity spaces and mental maps related?

  20. Aspects of a Mental Map • Nodes • Edges • Paths • Districts • Landmarks

  21. Discussion Questions • List as many type of maps and purposes for maps as you can.

  22. Key Question: What is Human Geography?

  23. Kenya’s Coffee production • Kenya…a nation where food production is low and starvation rates are high… produces and exports coffee on some of its best farm land. • Neocolonialism=a relationship of economic dependence where a former colony relies on its former colonizer for economic success through the continual trade of colonial products

  24. A set of processes that are: increasing interactions deepening relationships heightening interdependence without regard to country borders. A set of outcomes that are: unevenly distributed varying across scales differently manifested throughout the world. Globalization

  25. Time Space Compression • What is it? • How Does it impact us? How are Globalization, neo-colonialism and time-space compression interrelated?

  26. Discussion Questions • Why does Kenya export coffee when its people are starving? • How does neocolonialism impact the world… what are consequences?

  27. Human Geography • The study of how people make places, how we organize space and society, how we interact with each other in places and across space, and how we make sense of others and ourselves in our locality, region, and world.

  28. Geographers use fieldwork to understand linkages among places and to see the complexities of issues Why do Kenyans grow tea and coffee instead of cash crops?

  29. Make a list of the way the world is more globalized than when your parents were in school? How does globalization impact your life? Discussion Question

  30. Imagine and describe the most remote place on Earth you can think of 100 years ago. Now, describe how globalization has changed this place and how the people there continue to shape the place – to make it the place it is today.

  31. Key Question: What are Geographic Questions?

  32. Geographic inquiry focuses on the spatial: - the spatial arrangement of places and phenomena (human and physical). - how are things organized on Earth? - how do they appear on the landscape? - why? where? so what?

  33. Discussion Question • What can be learned by using Spatial Perspective? • List examples of geographic questions about spatial alaysis?

  34. Spatial distribution What processes create and sustain the pattern of a distribution? Map of Cholera Victims in London’s Soho District in 1854. The patterns of victim’s homes and water pump locations helped uncover the source of the disease.

  35. Five Themes of Geography • Location • Human-Environment • Region • Place • Movement

  36. Place Sense of place: infusing a place with meaning and emotion. Perception of place: belief or understanding of what a place is like, often based on books, movies, stories, or pictures.

  37. Perception of Place Where Pennsylvanian students prefer to live Where Californian students prefer to live

  38. Movement Spatial interaction: the interconnectedness between places depends upon: Distance Accessibility Connectivity

  39. Discussion Questions • How do the five themes of geography influence the way we study the world? • What are some things that might influence the spatial interaction between places?

  40. Cultural Landscape Religion and cremation practices diffuse with Hindu migrants from India to Kenya. The visible human imprint on the landscape.

  41. Sequent Occupance Layers of imprints in a cultural landscape that reflect years of differing human activity. Athens, Greece ancient Agora surrounded by modern buildings

  42. Sequent Occupance Dar es Salaam, Tanzania African, Arab, German, British, and Indian layers to the city. Apartment in Mumbai, India Apartment in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

  43. Discussion questions • How do humans impact landscape? • What are some benefits and consequences of the interaction of humans with the natural world?

  44. Geographers who practice fieldwork keep their eyes open to the world around them and through practice become adept at reading cultural landscapes. Take a walk around your campus or town and try reading the cultural landscape. Choose one thing in the landscape and ask yourself, “what is that and why is it there?” Take the time to find out the answers!

  45. Geographic Information System: a collection of computer hardware and software that permits storage and analysis of layers of spatial data.

  46. Remote Sensing:a method of collecting data by instruments that are physically distant from the area of study.

  47. Give a friend or family member a blank piece of paper. Ask the person to draw a detailed map of how he or she gets from home to the place where most of his or her weekdays are spent (work, school). Note the age of the person and the length of time he or she has lived in the place and traveled the route. Analyze the map for terra incognita, landmarks, paths, and accessibility. What does the map reveal about the person’s lifestyle and activity space?

  48. Key Question: Why are Geographers Concerned with Scale and Connectedness?

  49. Scale Scale is the territorial extent of something. The observations we make and the context we see vary across scales, such as: - local - regional - national - global