Investigating Our World examines four integrated areas of geographical investigation – fragile ecosystems, large cities, natural resources and productive activity – using in-depth case studies from around the world. The impact of rapid urban population growth, natural resource use and modern production processes have had a profound effect on the environment throughout the world. Students are shown that an understanding of the operation and fragile nature of ecosystems on a variety of scales enables a responsible management programme to be implemented, and that natural resources must be managed in the same way that productive activity is managed. This book has been written for the New South Wales geography syllabus, but will be of interest to secondary school students throughout the world.
Table of ContentsSECTION A: Fragile Ecosystems: 1. Ecosystems and their functions; 2. The protection of ecosystems; 3. Management of ecosystems; SECTION B: Large Cities: 4. Urbanisation; 5. The roles of larger cities; 6. Major study of a large city: Beijing; SECTION C: NATURAL RESOURCES: 7. The nature of natural resources; 8. Patterns of natural resources; 9. Issues related to the use of natural resources; 10. Strategies of resource management; SECTION D: PRODUCTIVE ACTIVITY: 10. The productive activity: rice cultivation; 11. Changes in the global nature and distribution of rice cultivation; 12. A production unit.