This market-leading book introduces college students to the breadth and spatial insights of the field of geography. The authors' approach allows the major research traditions of geography to dictate the principal themes. Chapter 1 introduces students to the four organizing traditions that have emerged through the long history of geographical thought and writing: earth science, culture-environment, location, and area analysis. Each of the four parts of this book centers on one of these geographic perspectives.All population and resource-use data have been updated to reflect the most recent counts and projections. All world pattern maps and selected graphs and charts have been redrawn for accuracy and consistent use of color|Interactive maps on the Online Learning Center are NEW to 10th ed. These maps show the political boundaries of Europe, North and South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Students choose drag/drop labels to test their knowledge of states and regions, and key cities|Another NEW feature of the student Online Learning Center will be flash animations that portray key concepts. The authors will include quizzing based on the animation|Chapter opening vignettes capture the reader's interest and attention in preparation for the subject matter that follows, while boxed inserts throughout the text further develop points or ideas discussed in each chapter|The Online Learning Center features quizzes, base maps, and internet exercises and access to PowerWeb|Interactive World Issues CD-ROM is available as an optional package with this text. This CD emphasizes critical thinking by presenting regional issues through the use of videos, animations, and diagrams that closely examine the how and why of specific case studies. The CD will feature five case studies (Oregon, Chicago, Mexico, South Africa, and China).