Human Geography in Action / Edition 6

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Lying on the arid steppes of Central Asia, the Aral Sea (depicted on the front cover) once supported a thriving fishing industry for Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. As the Soviet Union developed the region, the sea shrank to a fraction of its former size, leaving boats high and dry and most fish species gone. Even worse, toxic salts and agricultural chemicals that accumulated on the lake bottom are now exposed to winds and carried to nearby cities, where cancer rates have skyrocketed. How did human and natural systems interact to convert the world's fourth largest lake into an ecological catastrophe? Human Geography in Action, 3/e provides you with the knowledge, the concepts, and the problem-solving skills you need to answer this and many other socially relevant questions.
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Editorial Reviews

This workbook-style text contains 13 activities that challenge students to collect, manipulate, display, and interpret geographic information. Activities in areas such as housing segregation in Northern Ireland and AIDS epidemiology teach basic concepts. Each chapter follows a consistent format, with goals, background information, key terms, and step-by-step instructions. Worksheets have room for answers, and are perforated for easy removal. The CD- ROM contains seven interactive projects. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"...clearly explains the complexity of water resources in a highly engaging and thorough manner..."(Water Resources Development, Vol.19, No.1, 2003)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118422571
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/14/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 680,707
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kuby received an A.B. from The University of Chicago in 1980 and a Ph.D. from Boston University in 1988, both in geography. He has taught at Arizona State University since 1988, where he is an Associate Professor. He is interested in all aspects of transportation and energy, but specializes in transport optimization models. He has developed models for network design, facility location, routing, technology choice, and cost-environment tradeoffs using operations research techniques such as linear and multiobjective programming. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers, and NASA. Notable among these is the World Bank's China Coal Transport Study, which won a Citation Award in 1993 from the Applied Geography Specialty Group and was a Finalist in 1994 for the Franz Edelman Award for Management Science Achievement from the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science. He has published on coal transportation and utilization, hazmat and solid waste systems, air package delivery networks, railway network planning, and container shipping ports in journals such as the Transportation Research, the Annals of the AAG, Energy, Geographical Analysis, Economic Geography, Annals of Management Science, Interfaces, and Location Science.

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Table of Contents

Preface for the Instructor
Preface for the Student
Ch. 1 True Maps, False Impressions: Making, Manipulating, and Interpreting Maps
Ch. 2 Layers of Tradition: Culture Regions at Different Scales
Ch. 3 Tracking the AIDS Epidemic in the United States: Diffusion Through Space and Time
Ch. 4 Newton's First Law of Migration: The Gravity Model
Ch. 5 One Billion and Counting: The Hidden Momentum of Population Growth in India
Ch. 6 Help Wanted: The Changing Geography of Jobs
Ch. 7 Rags and Riches: The Dimensions of Development
Ch. 8 Food for Thought: The Globalization of Agriculture
Ch. 9 Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Market Areas and the Urban Hierarchy
Ch. 10 Reading the Urban Landscape: Census Data and Field Observation
Ch. 11 The Disappearing Front Range: Urban Sprawl in Colorado
Ch. 12 Do Orange and Green Clash?: Residential Segregation in Northern Ireland
Ch. 13 The Rise of Nationalism and the Fall of Yugoslavia: Nations, States, and Nation-States
Ch. 14 Preserving the Planet: Human Impact on Environmental Systems
App.: Reference Maps
Photo Credits
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