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Skills in Geography Second Edition


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Still the most effective tool for teaching geography skills.

With 18 brand new topographic maps and fresh accompanying activities, this second edition of Skills in Geography offers the most up-to-date and student-focused skills-based resource available.

  • Forty-eight large topographic map extracts from Australia and around the globe - 30% of which are new for this edition offer fresh and relevant local and international opportunities for mastering fundamental geography skills. 
  • A restructured thematic section covering Australian and international content reflects the way geography is taught in today’s classroom. 
  • All graphs, statistics and tables use current data, ensuring students have access to the most up-to-date information available. 
  • New areas of significance explore topics including: Barangaroo: Enhancing livability (a study in place and liveability) and an examination of atmospheric hazards (in the context of water and the world). 
  • Extensive information on the latest technology utilised in the field includes areas such as Google maps, the use of drones, GPS, and satellite-mounted sensors.


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Full PDF Textbook

  • Complete textbook [PDF 124.6Mb]

PDF Textbook chapters

  • Preliminary pages [PDF 1.3Mb]

  • Section 1: Key skills in geography [PDF 9.2Mb]

  • Section 2: Key themes in geography [PDF 51.7Mb]

  • Section 3: Australia [PDF 23.8Mb]

  • Section 4: New Zealand [PDF 8.7Mb]

  • Section 5: South America [PDF 4.6Mb]

  • Section 6: United Kingdom [PDF 7.7Mb]

  • Section 7: North America [PDF 18.6Mb]

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    Chapter 1

    Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
    World Weather Information Service

    Chapter 2

    UNICEF Voices of Youth
    UNESCO World Heritage

    Chapter 7

    Pictures of Yosemite National Park
    More pictures of Yosemite National Park

    1st September 2017

    p. 80: Corrected legend for 'cliff'

    p. 90: Within activities box, 'Refer to the legend on page 80 to complete the following tasks.' has been added

    p. 102: Below activites box, 'SCALE 1:20 000' has been inserted in a larger size

    p. 104: Question 22 - 'using a vertical scale of 1 cm = 200 m' has been added to the end of the question

    p. 104: Question 24 - grid references have been changed to 'summit of Mount Olympus (GR 270448) to the summit of Mount Ida (GR 308478)

    p.156: Question 66 - 'Lord's Ireland' has been changed to 'Lord's Island', and 'St Herbert's Ireland' changed to 'St Herbert's Island'


    Grant Kleeman