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How to Use Maps and Other Geographic Representations, Tools, and Technologies to Acquire, Process, and Report Information From a Spatial Perspective 1 1: The World in Spatial Terms
How to Use Mental Maps to Organize Information About People, Places, and Environments in a Spatial Context 2 1: The World in Spatial Terms
How to Analyze the Spatial Organization of People, Places, and Environments on Earth’s Surface 3 1: The World in Spatial Terms
The Physical and Human Characteristics of Places 4 2: Places and Regions
That People Create Regions to Interpret Earth’s Complexity 5 2: Places and Regions
How Culture and Experience Influence People’s Perceptions of Places and Regions 6 2: Places and Regions
The Physical Processes That Shape the Patterns of Earth’s Surface 7 3: Physical Systems
The Characteristics and Spatial Distribution of Ecosystems on Earth’s Surface 8 3: Physical Systems
The Characteristics, Distribution, and Migration of Human Population on Earth’s Surface 9 4: Human Systems
The Characteristics, Distribution, and Complexity of Earth’s Cultural Mosaics 10 4: Human Systems
The Patterns and Networks of Economic Interdependence on Earth’s Surface 11 4: Human Systems
The Processes, Patterns, and Functions of Human Settlement 12 4: Human Systems
How the Forces of Cooperation and Conflict Among People Influence the Division and Control of Earth’s Surface 13 4: Human Systems
How Human Actions Modify the Physical Environment 14 5: Environment and Society
How Physical Systems Affect Human Systems 15 5: Environment and Society
The Changes That Occur in the Meaning, Use, Distribution, and Importance of Resources 16 5: Environment and Society
How to Apply Geography to Interpret the Past 17 6: The Uses of Geography
How to Apply Geography to Interpret the Present and Plan for the Future 18 6: The Uses of Geography

National Geographic Marco Polo Xpeditions Xpedition Hall Standards Activities Lesson Plans Atlas Forums Search Xpeditions Links 00 Introduction 01 The World in Spatial Terms 02 The World in Spatial Terms 03 The World in Spatial Terms 04 Places and Regions 05 Places and Regions 06 Places and Regions 07 Physical Systems 08 Physical Systems 09 Human Systems 10 Human Systems 11 Human Systems 12 Human Systems 13 Human Systems 14 Environment and Society 15 Environment and Society 16 Environment and Society 17 The Uses of Geography 18 The Uses of Geography