Human Geography in Action / Edition 5

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The new fifth edition enhances coverage in the field by enabling economists and political geographers to work online with GIS maps, spreadsheets, simulations, and animated graphs. The book has been updated to use maps of traditional foods and vernacular phrases for soft drinks to illustrate culture regions. Expanded discussions of migration include a look at international immigration. New material is also presented on the local food movement and the breakdown in negotiations for agricultural trade agreements at the Doha trade summit. In addition, economists and political geographers will find key terms throughout the chapters such as creative class, outsourcing, substitution of capital for labor, and transit-oriented development.
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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: 9780470484791
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 1,246,496
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (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 vii

Preface for the Student xv


True Maps, False Impressions:

Making, Manipulating, and Interpreting Maps

Introduction 1

Case Study 11

Activity 1: Scale 15

Activity 2: Thematic Maps 21

Definitions of Key Terms 32


Layers of Tradition:

Culture Regions at Different Scales

Introduction 34

Case Study 40

Activity 1: Mapping Culture Regions 49

Activity 2: Culture Traits of Your Culture Sub-region 53

Activity 3: Regional Imagery 57

Definitions of Key Terms 60


Tracking the AIDS Epidemic in the United States:

Diffusion through Space and Time

Introduction 62

Case Study 70

Activity 1: Mapping Diffusion of AIDS 75

Activity 2: AIDS Rates and Distance from

Initial Centers 79

Activity 3: S-Curves 83

Definitions of Key Terms 86


Newton's First Law of Migration:

The Gravity Model

Introduction 89

Case Study 97

Activity 1: Predicting Migration with the Gravity Model 10

Activity 2: Scatter Diagram 105

Activity 3: Residual Map 107

Activity 4: Evaluation 109

Definitions of Key Terms 110


One Billion and Counting:

The Hidden Momentum of Population

Growth in India

Introduction 112

Case Study 122

Activity 1: Matching Demographic Descriptions with

Population Pyramids 127

Activity 2: Demographic Momentum 129

Activity 3: Interpreting Population Change 135

Definitions of Key Terms 136


Help Wanted:

The Changing Geography of Jobs

Introduction 137

Case Study 148

Activity 1: Regional Economic Specialization 153

Activity 2: Regional Multipliers 173

Definitions of Key Terms 175


Rags and Riches:

The Dimensions of Development

Introduction 177

Case Study 194

Activity 1: Economic Model of Development 201

Activity 2: Human Welfare Model of Development 203 1

Activity 3: Comparing Economic Development and Human

Welfare Development Models 205

Activity 4: Alternative Indicators of Development 209

Definitions of Key Terns 213


Food for Thought:

The Globalization of Agriculture

Introduction 215

Case Study 223

Activity 1: Agricultural Landscapes and

Production Methods 227

Activity 2: Global Sources for Your

Local Supermarket 235

Activity 3: Remote Sensing and Agricultural

Land-Use Change 239

Definitions of Key Terms 247


Take Me Out to the Ball Game:

Market Areas and the Urban Hierarchy

Introduction 249

Case Study 254

Activity 1: Threshold of a Function 261

Activity 2: Market Area Geography 267

Definitions of Key Terms 277


Reading the Urban Landscape:

Census Data and Field Observation

Introduction 278

Case Study 289

Activity 1: Census Tract Data 291

Activity 2: Field Survey 297

Definitions of Key Terms 301


The Disappearing Front Range:

Urban Sprawl in Colorado

Introduction 303

Case Study 313

Activity 1: Transportation and Urban Growth 317

Activity 2: Urban Sprawl Scenario Analysis 321

Activity 3: Urban Sprawl Debate and Consensus

Building 325

Definitions of Key Terms 331


Do Orange and Green Clash?

Residential Segregation in Northern Ireland

Introduction 333

Case Study 338

Activity 1: Mapping Religious Affiliation 343

Activity 2: Index of Segregation 347

Definitions of Key Terms 354


Breaking Up Is Hard to Do:

Nations, States, and Nation-States

Introduction 356

Case Study 365

Activity 1: The Rise of Nationalism and the Fall of

Yugoslavia 367

Activity 2: Iraqaphobia 393

Definitions of Key Terms 442


Preserving the Planet:

Human Impact on Environmental Systems

Introduction 444

Case Study 460

Activity I: Environmental Impacts (IPAT) by Development

Category 465

Activity 2: Human-Environment Systems Analysis 471

Activity 3: Conflicting Viewpoints on Environmental

Problems 473

Definitions of Key Terms 483


Reference Maps

North American Cities 485

North America 487

World Map 488

Index 491

Photo Credits 495

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