As did its predecessors, this seventh edition of Introduction to Geography seeks to introduce college students to the breadth and excitement of the field of geography. Like previous editions, its content is organized around the major research traditions of the discipline, a structure that adopters of earlier editions have found to be attractive to students and convenient and flexible for instructors.


This well-established text has been keeping students current with world trends for many years, and the seventh edition continues that tradition and purpose. While Introduction to Geography is still organized around the four themes of geography-- physical, cultural, locational, and regional-it has also been extensively revised and updated with seventh edition, reflecting new information of analysis and changing current events.

Visual Program

Replaced or revised many of the maps and diagrams, updated tables, and secured many new photographs.



Many supplements are available to those adopting Getis, Getis, Fellmann's Introduction to GeographyIncluding: Interactive Web sites, CD-ROMs, Atlases, Videos, Slides, Transparencies, Testing Software, and Annual Editions.



Purpose. We recognize that many students will have only a single college course and textbook in geography. Our purpose for those students is to convey concisely and clearly the nature of the field, its intellectual challenges, and the logical interconnections of its parts. Even if they take no further work in geography, we are satisfied that they will have come into contact with the richness and breadth of our discipline and have at their command new insights and understandings for their present and future role as informed adults.

Approach. The approach Introduction to Geography takes allows the major research traditions of geography to dictate the principle themes. Chapter 1 introduces students to the four organizing traditions that have emerged through the long history of geographical thought and writing: earth science, culture-environment, location, and area analysis. Each of the four parts of this book centers on one of these geographic perspectives. Within each part (except that on area analysis) chapters are devoted to the sub-fields of geography; each placed with the tradition to which we think it belongs.

Flexibility. A useful textbook must be flexible enough in its organization to permit an instructor to adapt it to the time and subject matter constraints of a particular course. The chapters are reasonably self-contained and need not be assigned in the sequence presented in the book.


What's New

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Maps

Chapter 3: Physical Geography: Landforms

Chapter 4:

Chapter 5: Human Impact on the Environment

Chapter 6: Population Geography

Chapter 7: Cultural Geography

Chapter 8:Geography of Spatial Behavior

Chapter 9:Political Geography

Chapter 10: Economic Geography

Chapter 11: The Geography of Natural Resources

Chapter 13: The Regional Concept


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