geography research topics

1. A Brief History of the Geology of Earth.

Desc: This paper will discuss the evolution of the Earth, with a brief explanation of how this process was started and how it continues. By understanding the growing process of the Earth structural growth, we can get a good look at the geological proof it has to offer. In the many faceted view of the Earth's history in geology, the growth of the planet can explain many structural changes involved. 3 pgs, bibliography lists 4 sources.

2. A Brief Summary of the arguments found in Linda McDowells article, Transitions to Work

Desc: This summary of an article by Linda McDowell reveals that the author's methodology is unhappily flawed. Simply put, because her sample group is so small, it is impossible to determine if the Sheffield and Cambridge 'lads' she interviews are indeed representative of working-class boys in those regions. Moreover, she seems to glibly dismiss troubling trends - like the predominance of 'McJobs' - that presage difficulties for young men just like these. The main argument of her article, it seems, is to downplay the possible ravages of anti-male sentiment in the educational and legislative systems of Great Britain.

3. A Line in the Sand: The Disputed Kuwait-Iraq Boundary.

Desc: In 1922, the year that Iraq became a British mandate, the British High Commissioner to Iraq - Sir Percy Cox - held a tent meeting in the Arabian desert with representatives of regional leaders including the man who would become King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia. At this meeting Cox arbitrarily set out the lines marking the desert boundaries of Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Almost seven decades later the lines that Cox drew in the sands of the region were reinforced by the orders of an American President. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

4. A Struggle for Identity and Freedom.

Desc: This essay will examine the question of Caribbean culture and try to answer what is it especially through the works of Kincaid's A Small Place as well as Chevannes' Rastafari: Roots and Ideology. What one finds is a Caribbean culture attempting to reclaim its identity, while fighting against the dominant forces of oppression and colonialism.

5. Air Pollution in Mexico City

Desc: This paper researches the reasons for the extraordinarily high levels of air pollution in Mexico City, the effects of this pollution on the city's inhabitants, and the possible solutions to this problem. In this paper, it is shown that because of its unique geography, Mexico City is particularly prone to pollution problems. Additionally, Mexico City is very densely populated, making the likelihood of pollution even higher.

6. Alfred Weber and Industrial Location: A Critique.

Desc: This paper examines Alfred Weber's classic theory of industrial location. Initially the theory, the construction of isotims and isodapanes are outlined. Then the theory is critiqued. This critique relies on the conditions of the merging new economy. 8-pages, bibliography lists 4 sources.

7. Allocation Systems in UK Social Housing.

Desc: This is a 24-page paper that considers the extent of choice-based lettings as a better option; in tackling unpopular housing with reference to the UK Social Allocation Systems. 24 pgs, bibliography lists 16 sources.

8. Aluminum: Overview of a Metal.

Desc: This is an eight-page undergraduate research paper that examines the metal aluminum, looking at its history, physical and chemical properties, natural occurrence, mining, processing, and uses. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

9. Amazon River.

Desc: This is a 9-page paper that discusses the role of Amazon River system to the population living around it. It uses references in Turabian style. 9 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

10. An Investigation into David Foot's Claim that Demographics Explain About 2/3rds of Everything in Boom, Bust and Echo 2000 .

Desc: This paper will examine Foot's notion that demographics is virtually everything (2/3rds of everything, anyway). While it would probably be impossible to actually determine what percentage of "everything" demographics would be able to analyze and explain, it is possible to determine how significant it is. Furthermore, while mere demographic figures may not explain everything, the changing demographics may indeed, explain a great deal. The focus in this paper will be on health care. 11 pgs. 14 f/c. 8b.

11. Andorra.

Desc: This is a 4 page paper on the general overview of the country of Andorra presented within an organized format. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

12. Annotated Bibliography.

Desc: This paper is an annotated Bibliography of 5 books for an urban society course. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

13. Areas Of Volcanic Hazards.

Desc: This four-page sophomore paper pertains to the subject of geology explains the dangers and hazards volcanic eruptions and their areas. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

14. Article Review

Desc: Rachel Pain, in "Gender Race, Age and Fear in the City" reviews the current literature in the discipline of geography regarding social identity and fear of violence as determinants of urban social space in contemporary Great Britain. The article reviews both theoretical and empirical research on the subject, with an awareness of the complexities of this research area and the fact that earlier findings of "fact" in this field - for example, with regard to the supposed "irrationality" of women's and older people's fear of crime - has been since challenged and contradicted by later research (900). This awareness of the sheer complexity of the research area, and the consequent problematic nature of conclusions with respect to social identity, fear and urban space, is one of the strong points of the article.

15. Article Review: Geography and Gender

Desc: McDowell's "Space, place and gender relations" represents a literature review of theoretical and empirical work in the field of feminist geography from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. The author notes at the outset that this task is complicated by both the growing size of the field as well as its increasing fragmentation into diverse, and often conflicting, areas of theoretical and empirical research. This article is the second part of a two-article history of feminist geography in which the first article focused on rationalist/empiricist feminist geography, while the present article focuses on anti-rational feminist standpoint theory and the post-rational/postmodern feminist geography.

16. Automobile Pollution: Is There a Behavioural or Technological Solution

Desc: The following essay answers question 4 from the topics list provided. in the introduction I establish a relationship between China and the United States before exploring the relationship between technological and behavioral solutions to the air pollution crisis. I argue that while technological and behavioral issues must both be addressed in order to curtail the spread of global air pollution, behavioral issues are more important than technological ones. In the conclusion, I reestablish the link between North America and China in order to present a global solution.