Introduction to Geography: People, Places & Environment, Global Edition (6e) : 9781292061269

Introduction to Geography: People, Places & Environment, Global Edition (6e)

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Introduction to Geography: People, Places, & Environment introduces students to the major tools, techniques, and methodological approaches of the discipline through new applied and visual features that engage students and reinforce real-world connections. The authors emphasise the integration of various aspects of geographic processes and systems by discussing what happens in one set of geographic processes and how that affects others. For example, what happens in economic systems affects environmental conditions; what happens to climate affects political dynamics.

Table of contents
  • 1. Introduction to Geography
  • Part 1: Environment and Resources
  • 2. Landforms
  • 3. Weather, Climate & Climate Change
  • 4. Biosphere
  • 5. Earth’s Resources and Environmental Protection
  • Part 2: Culture
  • 6. Population and Migration
  • 7. Cultural Geography
  • 8. Languages and Religions
  • 9. Food and Agriculture
  • Part 3: Development of Modern Society
  • 10. Cities and Urbanization
  • 11. A World of States
  • 12. Economy and Development
New to this edition

  NEW! Learning Outcomes integrated into the chapter-opening pages help students prioritize key knowledge and skills, and connect to questions and assessments in Pearson Mastering Geography.

  NEW! Explorations essays are written by experts in various fields, and present real-world data and research, emphasizing the applied nature and relevance of geography.

  NEW! The World in 2050 features explore the future development of the world based on what geographers know and can predict today.

  Media icons within the pages of the book link students to Pearson Mastering Geography where they can access a variety of media that enrich and extend the book content, including MapMaster interactive maps, Geoscience animations, and QR codes.

  Updated data incorporate the latest science and statistics and associated imagery, including data from the 2010 Census and the 2013 Population Reference Bureau (PRB) Population Data.

   Expanded Global Climate Change coverage is included across the chapters.

  Updated Economic Geography chapter provides a more engaging presentation of the world’s current and historical economic and development issues.

  NEW! Checkpoint questions are integrated throughout the chapters to help students check their understanding of the material.

  NEW! Organization. The sequence of chapters has been reorganized, first covering Environment and Resources, then Culture, then the Development of Modern Society. The theme of global environmental challenges and responses has been incorporated throughout the text.

  NEW! Pearson Mastering Geography

  Pearson Mastering Geography is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to improve results by helping students quickly master concepts. Students benefit from self-paced tutorials that feature immediate wrong-answer feedback and hints that emulate the office-hour experience to help keep students on track. Pearson Mastering Geography offers:

  • Assignable activities: MapMasterinteractive map activities, Geoscience Animation activities, Encounter Google Earth Activities, Geography Video activities, Map Projection activities, end-of-chapter questions and exercises, reading questions, and Test Bank questions.
  • Student study resources in the Study Area: MapMaster™  interactive maps, Geoscience Animations, Web links, videos, glossary flashcards, “In the News” RSS feeds, chapter quizzes, an optional Pearson eText, including  iPad and Android versions, and more. 

Pearson Mastering Geography features:

  • MapMaster provides additional maps from human/cultural and physical geography to provide compelling interactive mapping media and assessments across all chapters.
  • Geography videos are tied to science and process issues relevant to the thematic chapters and utilize both open and licensed sources such as BBC, NASA, JPL, EPA, FEMA, NWS, and TVE.
  • Geoscience Animations are popular 2-D media thatilluminate the most difficult to visualize topics from across the physical geosciences, such as solar system formation, hydrologic cycle, plate tectonics, glacial advance and retreat, global warming, and more. The print book is linked to video versions of these animations via QR codes.
  • EncounterActivities, organized by theme and question type, provide rich, interactive explorations of geography concepts using Google Earth and have been updated per usability study findings and latest best practices.
  • Map Projections interactive media help reinforce and remediate students on these basic but challenging early chapter map projection concepts.
  • GeoTutors activities help coach students through the toughest topics in human and physical geography, using highly visual and kinesthetic tasks.
Thinking Spatially and Data Analysis activities help students develop spatial reasoning and critical thinking skills through work with graphics and real world data.
Features & benefits

An emphasis on current applied topics and critical thinking includes:

  • NEW Explorations. Written by guest contributors who are experts in their respective fields, these new features help students make the link between geographical concepts from the chapters’ major themes  to real-world data and research, showing the applied nature and relevance of geography today.
  • NEW The World in 2050. These new features, located at the end of each chapter, extrapolate current trends and predictions of key geographic issues into the future, using current data and a highly visual approach to discuss possible future scenarios.
  • Rapid Change. These features emphasise the issues that arise as local places contend with environmental, economic, cultural, and political changes that occur at unprecedented speed.
  • Global and Local. More than any other discipline, geography explains the connections between global forces and local places. Global and Local features examine in detail how particular places respond to global impacts.
  • Thinking Geographically. These critical thinking questions encourage higher level thinking and exploration beyond the text, into the library or out into the community. Some students may find these questions appropriate for papers or research projects.

 Ample teaching and learning aids include:

  • A Look Ahead. Each chapter begins with a brief outline of the main points to be made in the chapter
  • NEW Learning Outcomes help students prioritise the major learning goals, skills, and knowledge in the chapter.
  • NEW Checkpoint questions integrated throughout the chapter allow the students to check their understanding of the material just studied.
  • Opening Vignette. A story and related photo begin each chapter, detailing real-world questions and problems that arise from the material discussed in that chapter.
  • Key Terms. The key terms in each chapter are printed in boldface when each is introduced, and listed alphabetically at the end of chapter. A back of book glossary provides definitions for each key term.
  • Summary. Each chapter closes with a brief summary of its main points.
  • Review and Discussion Questions. These give students the opportunity to test their reading comprehension on their own for self study, as assigned homework, or in group work for collaborative learning during discussion sections.
  • Up-to-date coverage incorporates the recent global financial crisis, current environmental impacts and concerns, extensive discussion of global climate change, the carbon cycle, data from the 2010 U.S. Census and the 2013 Population Reference Bureau’s Population Data, and the latest techniques in geospatial technologies, and updates within every discussion as appropriate

The authors explore the forces at work behind the maps to help students understand maps of economic or cultural activity more deeply by emphasising:

  • the interrelationships between humans and their environment.
  • that Geography can be studied close to home.
  • the dynamic nature of modern Geography.

Geographic concepts are applied to help students understand contemporary issues. Each chapter strives specifically to connect the geographic concepts under discussion to understanding the issues of the day.

The rich and diverse cartographic, photo, and illustration program:

  • highlights important spatial relationships.
  • features many different maps and illustrations, all designed to provide the best clarity of the concept at hand to beginning students.

Coverage of modern geographic tools is integrated throughout. With the rapid explosion of GPS, GIS, and remote sensed imagery, geospatial technologies are quickly evolving, and have become part of our daily lives. Today, maps are drawn and updated rapidly using geographic information systems (GIS) and digital cartographic tools. GIS have become essential and ubiquitous on geographers’ desks, and their importance is clear in this book. Discussion of GIS and other geospatial technology is included in Chapter 1, and the use of GIS in geographic problem-solving is illustrated throughout.


Author biography

Carl T. Dahlman earned degrees in sociology, music, and urban affairs before receiving his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Kentucky in 2001. He is the Director of the International Studies Program at Miami University, where his teaching focuses on political geography, migration and mobility, and globalization. His current research includes the role of European integration in the geopolitics of Southeastern Europe, and he has published a book on the subject, Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and Its Reversal(Oxford University Press, with Gearóid © Tuathail). He is a co-author of Pearson’s Introduction to Contemporary Geography, with James M. Rubenstein and William H. Renwick.

William H. Renwick earned a B.A. from Rhode Island College in 1973 and a Ph.D. in geography from Clark University in 1979. He has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Rutgers University, and is currently Associate Professor of Geography at Miami University. A physical geographer with interests in geomorphology and environmental issues, his research focuses on impacts of land-use change on rivers and lakes, particularly in agricultural landscapes in the Midwest. He is a co-author of Pearson’s Introduction to Contemporary Geography, with James M. Rubenstein and Carl T. Dahlman. When time permits, he studies these environments from the seat of a wooden canoeboat. He is a co-author of Pearson’s Introduction to Contemporary Geography, with James M. Rubenstein and Carl T. Dahlman.