Some climates are small in scale, like the climate of a local region or the microclimates within an ecosystem, and some are much larger, such as the climates of entire continents, or the world’s oceans. Different from weather events, which are short-term and temporary phenomenon, climates are usually steady and predictable, and shape how organisms and human civilizations evolve and adapt in any given region. However, climates are not always permanent, and can change drastically due to human activity.
Locate political units and physical features important to World Regional Geography. The chapters are laid-out in similar format, providing consistent structure and flow. It is hard to justify any particular organization in the “regional” geography model that is any better than the one that the author has chosen.
Regional geography, which used to have such a prominent role in the geography syllabus in both universities and schools, is less often taught today. Indeed it has almost disappeared from the teaching of some institutions. Yet some who have been exponents of regional geography in the past believe that—properly taught—it still has many virtues. They see those lacking a knowledge of regional geography running the risk of studying problems in isolation and not in their appropriate settings or of “not seeing the wood for the trees”.
Geographers use maps in all sorts of ways, in all sorts of sub-field, and inherently in Regional Geography. While people have been making maps for thousands of years, the contemporary approach to mapmaking is Geographic Information Systems . GIS creates maps, but also uses various techniques within the computer software in order to develop answers to questions and to demonstrate patterns and solutions. Creating regions is not a simple task, but the study of Regional Geography is fascinating. Learning everything about the people and places of a region is a great and enjoyable challenge. Countries that belong together in a region must be contiguous, or for islands, adjacent.
There is also a need for more images, in some cases – fewer maps , and Boxes which could highlight a case study or example for a region (for example, El Nino and Disasters in Latin America; Migration Challenges). While the text provides basic geography of the regions, the reader whether instructor or student would need to do more digging. The book provides a snapshot of global issues and regional analysis in 2019. The most impressive addition to Finlayson, one that I haven’t seen elsewhere, is the section on the Arctic and The Law of the Seas included in the standard chapter on Oceania and Antarctica (section 10.2). With current conflicts over maritime resources, maritime shipping routes, and access to the Arctic in the face of melting Arctic sea ice, this section supports exploration of these important current events. This also well-supports my project assignment on the Belt and Road Initiative.
The PressBooks format makes it easy to see chapters and subsections which would allow for use of some or all of the material presented. The textbook is very clear and does an excellent job of explaining key vocabulary, especially for students new to topics related to geography. The textbook integrates cross curriculum topics such as politics and economics and their relationship to geography which helps readers tie concepts together and understand interrelationships. The textbook also relates geography to other related science topics like hurricanes, earthquakes, plate tectonics etc. in a manner that helps create a “big picture” for readers. CommentsThis book is suitable for an introductory world regional geography course. The order of the chapters, Europe being the first chapter, is a nod to academic geography’s European roots and tradition.