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:

Global Positioning System

Global Information System

Geographic Positioning System

Geographic Information System

Global Location 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:

geographic information sensing

distant analyzing

global positioning

remote sensing

none of these answers is correct

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:

Urban Green Council

Geographic information systems (GIS)

Geocaching 

Earth Viewer 3D

Remote sensing (RS)

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 #4 : Geospatial Technologies

What is a GPS?

Possible Answers:

Geographic Preparation of Systems

Geographic Positioning System

Geospatial Positioning Service

Geospatial Persuasion of Sectors

Geographic Pattern Seeker

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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