Intro_to_WRG_PartI - Introduction to World Regional...

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Introduction to World Regional Geography A 1 million-dollar question: Which of the following countries is completely surrounded by another country? A. Egypt B. Lesotho C. Austria D. Nepal What was Prince William’s Major in College?
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Survey in 2002: Among 18- to 24- year-olds given maps • 11% could not find the United States • 49% could not find New York • 76% could not find Saudi Arabia • 83% could not find Afghanistan • 87% could not find Iraq “If our young people can’t find places on a map and lack awareness of current events, how can they understand the world’s cultural, economic and natural resource issues that confront us?” John Fahey (President of the NGS) Survey in 2006: Among 18- to 24- year-olds • 6 in 10 couldn’t find Iraq or Saudi Arabia on a Middle East map • 75% couldn’t locate Israel • 1/3 couldn’t find Louisiana on a U.S. map • 88% could not find Afghanistan on a map of Asia • Geography is Greek to young Americans • 7 in 10 correctly located China on a map! WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GEOGRAPHY? “Geography” is from Greek Geo = the Earth Graph = to describe GEOGRAPHY • Studies how things differ between different places and why they are different - the “why of where” •S t u d i e s human activity , the natural environment , and the
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Place Names (Toponym) The world’s longest place name: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll llanty-siliogogogoch This is the name of a town in North Wales. The name translates as "The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio's of the red cave" in Welsh. The name of Bangkok (
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