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Regional Layers: Low-Tech Geographic Information Systems

Regional Layers: Low-Tech Geographic Information Systems

This activity is designed to have students explore the physical characteristics of a hypothetical region through the use of a low-tech version of a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) map-overlay analysis (actually transparent overlays the students draw themselves). They will draw overlays of climate and landform regions of the United States using a printed outline map of the U.S. (provided) and answer questions about the number of regions on the map, their sizes and distribution, and possible relationships among the regions. They will end the activity by forming conclusions about the kinds of human development regions that could emerge from their physical regions.


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