This book introduces the beginning student to the major concepts, materials and tools of the discipline of geography. While it presents geographic theory, as whole and for each of its parts, the chief emphasis is on concrete analysis and example rather than on abstraction, an approach which has proven more successful for undergraduate courses than those with a more heavily theoretical bias. The text was extensively re-written for the third edition, which enhanced its clarity and effectiveness, with expanded cartographic coverage.
Introduction. 1. Geography and social science 2. The Region 3. Spatial form and spatial Interaction 4. Spatial systems 5. The Environmental Factor 6. The Ecological Imperative 7. Culture, Nature and Climate 8. The Workings of Weather and Climate 9. Vegetation and Human Settlement 10. Soils and Agriculture 11. Water and People 12. Land forms and Settlement 13. Resources and Population Growth 14. Energy and Development 15. Resource Use, Industrialization, and the Future 16. Cities and Manufacturing: Spatial Concentration. Study/Discussion Questions.