EX 7.2 Thirty Eight Maps






Examine the patterns in the first map, “World GDP per capita.”

  1. What country has the poorest population, with its average citizen earning less than $2000 per year?
    1. Somalia
    2. Kenya
    3. Botswana
    4. Namibia


Move on to the second map titled, “Economic center of gravity.”

  1. What is the reason that the global economy’s center of gravity will be pulled back to the middle of Eurasia by 2025?
    1. continuation of the Industrial Revolution
    2. high-tech boom in Russia’s quaternary sector
    3. sustained growth of manufacturing in Mexico
    4. growth of manufacturing in China and India


Study the third and fifth maps of the earth at night at the world scale and of the Koreas. 

  1. The availability of electricity as shown in the two maps of the earth at night, offers a proxy or substitute for what global pattern?
    1. population density
    2. fossil fuel energy sources
    3. level of development
    4. nuclear energy sources


The fourth map of the Federal Reserve System illustrates that there are different institutional and economic regions that exist within states besides the political administrative boundaries, like internal States or Provinces.

  1. What is TRUE about the US Federal Reserve System boundaries?
    1. they are updated every year to reflect current internal economic regions
    2. the pattern of Districts shows an even apportionment by area size
    3. they have never been updated since its founding before World War One
    4. the pattern of Districts shows an even apportionment by population size


Examine the legend and patterns for “Unemployment in Europe.”

  1. What country has the lowest unemployment across its internal regions?
    1. Portugal
    2. Norway
    3. France
    4. Slovenia


Africa’s development potential exists in a much more technologically-diverse global economy than any developed country today.  New opportunities come with this relative under-development as people can leapfrog to other technologies to overcome geographic disadvantage.

  1. What statement about mobile technology in Africa is supported by the seventh map and description?
    1. the building of mobile phone infrastructure has occurred widely across Africa
    2. related forms of banking have developed in central Africa with mobile phone use
    3. the access to mobile technology is not yet widely available in any part of Africa
    4. new types of currency get created when more African people use mobile phones


Examine the legend and then you will see why the eighth map is titled “The deep ties between Europe and Russia.”

  1. What country is NOT dependent on Russia for gas?
    1. Austria
    2. Poland
    3. Sweden
    4. United Kingdom


Move on to the ninth map showing, “How sugar circulates globally.”  Make sure you study the legend at the bottom of the map to correctly interpret the flow lines.

  1. What world region is the source of most of the global sugar trade?
    1. South America
    2. Europe
    3. Africa
    4. Asia


Skip ahead to the eleventh map showing the “Busiest container ports.”  Review the legend and patterns.

  1. What world region has the world’s busiest ports?
    1. Asia
    2. Africa
    3. Europe
    4. North America


Compare the two maps of “Trade as Share of GDP in 1990 and 2011.”  Each map maintains the same classification to show any change in the level of trade for national economies.

  1. What region has the lowest percent of trade as a share of its GDP across the periods shown?
    1. France
    2. China
    3. Saudi Arabia
    4. United States


Analyze the two major geographies being shown in the map of “world shipping routes.”  Consider the previous map of “Trade as Share of GDP in 1990 and 2011,” especially the world regions where trade is a high percentage of national GDP. 

  1. What world region has countries with a large share of national GDP in 2011 and of that year, had a highly underdeveloped connectivity, as shown in locations of large ports and only a few discrete trade routes?
    1. Asia
    2. Africa
    3. Europe
    4. North America


Review all maps from 14 to 18 specifically for the patterns of location and interaction they offer for understanding the geography of global national economies.

  1. What is NOT true about the location and interaction of economic patterns within countries?
    1. Each country’s infrastructure, economic activity, and social difference is unique to specific places rather than found evenly across its space.
    2. Transportation hubs, manufacturing centers or high-tech clusters show how national economic activity is actually placed in city regions.
    3. Each country’s national economy is made up of its own unique of national products or services, yet they are produced in all city regions evenly.
    4. Geographies at all scales are composed of both fragmented patterns of difference and growing multitudes of interaction.


Review all maps from 21 to 24 and note the country or countries that lead world production or exports in the economic activity featured in each map.

  1. What is NOT an accurate pairing of global export and its leading producer country?
    1. Oil from Saudi Arabia
    2. Pig farms across China
    3. Fisheries of Norway and Japan
    4. Shale formations of Central Africa


Review the following maps: 26, 27, 29, 31 and 34.  Note the countries that are found to have the highest incidences of each map’s theme.

  1. What two countries have the largest populations, number of megacities, and high levels of income inequality?
    1. North America and Europe
    2. China and India
    3. Russia and Brazil
    4. Australia and South Africa


Review the following maps: 25, 28, 30, and 37. Recall the correct answer to question 14, and then study the position of each country in each of the four maps.

  1. What is TRUE regarding the two countries that both have large populations, high number of megacities, and high levels of income inequality?
    1. both countries have low total fertility rates
    2. each country has high levels of immunized children
    3. both countries offer more than 12 months of maternity leave
    4. each country has a hungry population, but they are both moderate levels



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