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Thinking Spatially


Imagine cartography in three dimensions, as if in a hologram. In this hologram would be the overlapping sediments of group and other identities atop the merely two dimensional color markings of city states and the remaining nations, themselves confused in places by shadowy tentacles, hovering overhead, indicating the power of drug cartels, mafias and private security agencies. Instead of borders, there would be moving 'centers' of power, as in the Middle Ages. Many of these layers would be in motion. Replacing fixed and abrupt lines on a flat space would be a shifting pattern of buffer entities, like the Kurdish and Azeri buffer entities . . . and the Latino buffer entity replacing a precise US-Mexican border. To this protean cartographic hologram one must add other factors, such as migrations of populations, explosions of birth rates, vectors of disease. Henceforward the map of the world will never be static. This future map—in a sense, the 'Last Map' - will be an ever mutating representation of chaos. [Source]

This activity contains 5 questions.

Question 1.
From these population pyramids select the most correct statement.

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Question 2.

When we refer to a population becoming younger or older, we are actually referring to the age distribution of a population, or the age structure. A population is considered to be young when there are proportionately more young people than people of other ages. A very popular measure of the youthfulness of a population is the percentage of the population under 15 years of age as illustrated above.

Select the most accurate statement from the choices below.

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Question 3.
Identify the Asian country having the lowest life expectancy.

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Question 4.
Which of the following statements about population density is true?

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Question 5.
Stage 2 in the demographic transition is characterized by:

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