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.
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
Chapter 1: Introduction
Added Nature of the Discipline to explain Geography as it relates to our spatial awareness
(sense of place)
Revised Roots of the Discipline to be the Evolution of the Discipline
Working in Geography now includes: Listing of
Geographic Fields and Employment Opportunities
Added sections on absolute direction and absolute
Considerable number of web sites added to the
Expanded Attributes of Places to include an historical perspective of human impact on the
Added Geographic Themes and Standards
Chapter 2: Maps
- Added Global Positioning Systems in automobiles
- Detailed discussion/explanation on map scale
- Information on contour interval and shaded relief
- Detailed information on area symbols, chloropleth
maps and cartogram
- Orthophoto map
- Radar imagery
- Updated maps
- GIS, raster and data format
- New Box on Cambodia or Kampuchen? Burma or Myamar?
Change in Place Names on Maps
- Addition of Rhumb line as vocabulary word
- Updated material
Chapter 3: Physical Geography: Landforms
- Added El Nino Information
Chapter 5: Human Impact on the Environment
- The added definition Ecology and the significance of
our impact on the environment
- Added information on eutrophication
- Added information on Pfiesteria Piscicida
- Thermal pollution
- Montreal Protocol on Depletion of the Ozone Layer
Chapter 6: Population Geography
- Updated population projections and birthrates
- New Box "A Population Implosion"
- New! Comparative Densities table
- Updated urban population data
- Global fertility and birth rates
Chapter 7: Cultural Geography
- Expansion of the English Language
- New Box "The Matter of Race". This box defines race, natural selection, adaptation, genetic drift and gene flow.
Chapter 8:Geography of Spatial Behavior
- Explanation of Anchor Points used by behavior
- New "Gender and Mobility" box highlighting
women's mobility and independence
- Updated "Backlash" box with latest legislation
Chapter 9:Political Geography
- Definition and examples of exclave added
- Updated "The Gnarled Politics of an Enclave
- Addition of relict boundary with definition and
- Updated "Legislative Women" with new
- Updated "Centrifugal Forces: Challenges to
State Authority" with new examples and definition of subnationalism,
self-determination, regionalism and devolution
- Updated "The Disintegration of Yugoslavia" with new map/boundaries, new conflicts between the Albanians, Serbs and Croats, as well as, the definition of ethnic cleansing
Chapter 10: Economic Geography
- Updated "Women and the Green Revolution"
with information on the FAO Plan of Action for Women in Development
(1996-2001) promoting gender-based equity in resources
- Additional information on developing countries
reliance on primary export and expansion to industrial capabilities and
export of manufactured goods
- Updated World Manufacturing Patterns and Trends
- Expanded explanation of the Primary, Tertiary and
- Table 10.2 added "Contribution of the Service Sector to Gross Domestic Product"
Chapter 11: The Geography of Natural Resources
- Renewable resources, perpetual and potentially
renewable resources defined
- Additional wind power information
- Coastal wetlands, forest resource and estuarine zone defined added back from fifth edition
Chapter 13: The Regional Concept
- Table 12.1, 12.2, 12.3,12.5 updated data
- Added URL's to On-line Box: (Urban Geography
Specialty Group, Canadian Urban Institute and The Urban Land Institute)
- Models of urban land use structure: concentric zone
model, sector model and multi-nuclei model
- Definition of spatial mismatch
Chapter Opening Vignettes - Interesting,
real-world anecdotes are presented at the beginning of each section.
"On-line" Boxes - There are a lot of interesting geography-related Internet sites out
there. These boxes contain some of the best geography sites on the Web.
Additionally, every text is packaged with an Internet password providing
access to Dushkin Publishing Group's on-line articles from the popular press.
End-of-Chapter Pedagogy - Reviewing material is enhanced with summaries, key word lists, and review and critical thinking questions.
Boxed Articles and Discussions - Stay on top of current topics (such as "A Population Implosion?"). Use these readings as catalysts for class discussions. Geography and Public Policy boxed readings highlight
important or controversial issues and encourage students to reflect on these topics, forming educated opinions.
Learning Aids - At the end of the book there is a comprehensive Glossary of terms and, as a special Appendix, a modified version of the 1998 World Population Data Sheet of the Population Reference Bureau. In addition to basic demographic data and projections for countries, regions, and continents, the Data Sheet includes selected economic and social statistics helpful in national and regional comparisons.
Captions - The frequently
lengthy captions accompanying all illustrations convey additional
information and explanation and serve as extensions of the text - not just identification or documentation of the figure.
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