AP Human Geography : Geospatial Technologies

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP Human Geography

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Geospatial Technologies

Which system is commonly used to determine an individual's exact location on Earth?

Possible Answers:

Geographic Information System

Geographic Positioning System

Global Location System

Global Positioning System

Global Information System

Correct answer:

Global Positioning System

Explanation:

Global Positioning System, or GPS, is commonly used to determine an individual's exact location on Earth. GPS utilizes a satellite navigation system to provide location information anywhere on Earth.

Example Question #2 : Geospatial Technologies

What name is given to the process of using satellites to take pictures of the Earth’s surface so as to better inform geographic understanding?

Possible Answers:

distant analyzing

global positioning

geographic information sensing

none of these answers is correct

remote sensing

Correct answer:

remote sensing

Explanation:

Remote sensing refers to the process of taking pictures of the Earth’s surface from satellites (or, earlier, airplanes) to provide a greater understanding of the Earth’s geography over large distances. The ability to use airborne vehicles to take pictures of the Earth’s surface has been instrumental for geographers in the last century and has greatly advanced the sum of human understanding about the geography and composition of the Earth.

Example Question #3 : Geospatial Technologies

What computer program stores geographical data and creates maps out of said data?

Possible Answers:

Remote sensing (RS)

Geographic information systems (GIS)

Urban Green Council

Geocaching 

Earth Viewer 3D

Correct answer:

Geographic information systems (GIS)

Explanation:

A geographic information system (GIS) is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, and present numerous types of spatial and/or geographical data. 

Example Question #2 : Geospatial Technologies

What is a GPS?

Possible Answers:

Geospatial Persuasion of Sectors

Geographic Pattern Seeker

Geospatial Positioning Service

Geographic Positioning System

Geographic Preparation of Systems

Correct answer:

Geographic Positioning System

Explanation:

GPS stands for Geographic Positioning System. This system uses data from satellites to pin-point a location on earth and help people find their way to a destination.

The other are made up terms and do not exist.

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