Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities, 11th Edition (Fellmann)

Chapter 4: Population: World Patterns, Regional Trends

Critical Thinking Questions

1. Why is the crude birth rate "crude?"

2. How far should a government be able to go to reduce or increase population growth in its country? What kinds of practices raise the most concerns?

3. Why isn't the replacement level of the total fertility rate just 2.0?

4. Over time, what happens to the shape of a rapidly growing country's population pyramid if population growth declines?

5. How does the physical environment help to explain the distribution of the world's population?

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