Latin America Lecture Notes 4
SOUTH AMERICAN GEOGRAPHIC QUALITIES
1. The regions physiography is dominated by the Andes Mountains in the west, the Amazon
Basin in the central north and several areas of highlands and plateaus.
Major Geographic Qualities of North America
1. North America comprised two of the world's largest states territorially -the United States (4th) and Canada (2nd).
2. North America is clearly bounded physically.
3. Canada and the U.S. are federal states wit
REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY OF EUROPE
AND THE AMERICAS
Dr. Elizabeth Hines
124 DeLoach Hall, (910) 962-3012
Office Hours: MWF 1:30-3PM or by appt.
Overview and Objectives: This course is the first of
9th century AD - The Slavs emerged as the dominant group after hundreds of
years of migration, settlement, defeat and expulsion of interior Asian groups
like the Goths, Huns, Scythians, etc., in what would become Russia. They
came to prote
RUSSIA AND THE FORMER SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS,
NEWLY INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES IN 1991
(Soviet = collective, neighborhood)
1. RSFSR Russia - Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic. Contains 50% of
the population, most of the cities-Moscow, St. Petersb
GGY 180 Lecture Notes: CLIMATE
The worlds climates and their seasonality, or lack of it in the Tropics, are a result of the differential heating of
the land and water surfaces because the Earth is tilted 23.5 degrees on its axis. If
GGY 180 Lecture Notes: MAPS
1. Thematic maps have a special topic or theme like population, vegetation, economic and
many others. They may show numerical (quantitative) or descriptive (qualitative) data.
The thematic map below shows population
Francisco de Goya: Duelo a Garrotazo
Fight with Cudgels, 1823
(life in the Balkans)
Marshal Josip Broz Tito, 1892-1980
Yugoslavian strongman, a
benevolent dictator whose
leadership held Yugoslavia
together. When he died,
Serbs burn Bo
The Human Stage
Man & Nature, NZ Volcano
What makes us human?
Big complex brains
Use of fire
Wide female pelvic bones to birth largebrained babies
Neanderthal & Cro-Magnon (Homo Sapiens
Russia and Ukraine
Beach at Sevastopol, Cfa climate
Greek ruins, Crimea
Byzantine church in
Genoese fortress, Crimea
Disneyesque Folly, Sevastopol
The Great Game, British Dragoons
TEN MAJOR GEOGRAPHIC QUALITIES OF THE FORMER SOVIET
1. Huge territory, 2.5 times as large as the US.
2. Harsh climates predominate, high latitudes, continentality, rugged mountains.
3. Borders more countries than any other. Many borde
Europe Lecture Notes 2
PHYSIOGRAPHY OF EUROPE
European Physical Regions
Erwin Raisz and Goodes World Atlas 1995
Europe has an unmatched advantage by virtue of its location for maximum efficiency of contact with the
rest of the world and prox
Eastern Europe Lecture Notes
EASTERN EUROPE: GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
Continental, agrarian, static, remote, out of the mainstream.
Looked eastward for direction in political and economic development since
Soviet hegemony from the 1940s
Europe Lecture Notes 4
EUROPEAN LANGUAGES AND RELIGIONS
Language is the basic element of a societys culture. Language families have a common
ancestor. Dialects are the form of a language spoken in a local area.
Europes Modern Languages.
Introduction to Geography Lecture Notes 3
GEOGRAPHIC CONCEPTS: THE HUMAN STAGE
Population: Social scientists are interested in many aspects of the human population. The total
numbers, the distribution, the density and the social characterist
North America Lecture Notes 3
European Colonial Settlement
Culture Hearths: These were areas of first effective settlement where social and cultural
norms, language, politics, religion, attitudes toward nature and each o
Latin America Lecture Notes 2
Latin American Settlement and History
Spanish were searching for tree things before establishing a settlement.
Indian labor force
Indians to convert to Christianity
Latin America Lecture Notes 3
Middle America's Geographic Qualities
This is a fragmented realm, which includes all of Mexico, the seven countries of the Central
American isthmus (land bridge) and all the islands of the Cari
North America Lecture Notes 2
NORTH AMERICAS CLIMATES after Kppen
Aw tropical savanna, short winter dry season, (Florida Everglades)
BS semi-arid grasslands or steppe (American Great Plains and Basin and Range)
Europe Lecture Notes 1
MAJOR GEOGRAPHIC THEMES AND POPULATION
Europe and the United States: Relative Size and Latitudinal Position
Kostbade and Wheeler, 1993
These themes are considered in your text and in class:
Introduction to Geography Lecture Notes 1
WHAT IS GEOGRAPHY?
Geography is a point of view, like history. Geographers are interested in space, historians in
time; geographers in place, historians in event.
The word Geo + graphy means Earth wr
The Former Soviet Union
St. Basils, Russian
built in 1555 by
Ivan the Terrible
Ivan, The Terrible,
Cossack & Tatar
The Siberian High
Catherine II, The Great,
Well give above the
(well cut more tree