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My Travel Journal - 5 Themes of Geographic Inquiry

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5 Themes of Geographic Inquiry
: where ancient and modern collide

Absolute Location - define http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html
The capital city of India is New Delhi, its absolute location is:
Latitude: 28 N ~
Longitude: 77 E ~
India is in the Northern & Eastern Hemisphere.
New Delhi has a population density of 11,000 p/square kilometer
Ecozone - define

Ecozone Regions of India (G50):
i) The Himalayan Mountains - cold harsh conditions but provide
water to Northern Plains from seasonal snow melt
ii) The Northern Plains - huge river systems allow for irrigation
and farming.
(iii) The Central Highlands - dry deciduous plants and varied
elevation make it a challenge for humans to live
(iv) The Indian Desert - dry and arid not suitable for humans.
(v) The Coastal Plains - very hot and humid with a lot of rainfall

Human Interaction
5 Environmental Factors

5. Natural Vegetation
- most of India used to be covered with sub-tropical coniferous and dry tropical deciduous plants. India is home to tigers, elephants, monkeys, snakes, rhinos, and the elusive snow leopard but all are
threatened by human interactions.
Budget Travel Details
Flights - Torotno to New Delhi - $1600 return

Basic Accommodations - Hostel or Guesthouse
$10 per night

Typical Meal - Thali (Rice, lentils, tortilla) $2

Per Day Cost - ~$20 per day
Relative Location - define
India borders Pakistan to the West, Nepal/China to the North and Burma/Bangladesh to the East
India is in the North-East Hemisphere
Surrounding India is the Bengal Sea and the Arabian Sea

link to find your lat/lon
Place - define
I am going to apply the 5 Themes of Geographic Inquiry to India.
Landmark - define
A popular man made landmark is the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan for his favorite wife. It took 20,000 slaves, 20 years to build.
A popular natural landmark is the Ganges River. It is considered one the holiest place on earth. 1 in 10 people on the planet use this river.
With a budget of $5000
I traveled for 4 months!
India Musts
1. Taj Mahal

2. Chillin With the monks

3. Dalai Lama

4. Varanasi

5. Himalaya
Spice Trade
Screen Cap Your Absolute Location http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html
Movement - define
Movement of People - India has an extensive railway system built during British Colonialism. It moves 20,000,000 people each day. Because relative wealth is increasing in India, more people are trading in their bikes for small cars. This is causing a huge traffic problem. How do people get around in your country? Can you find public transit statistics?
Movement of Products - India has a large shoreline so shipping products by boat is an ideal way to move products in India. How are products moved in and out of your country?
Movement of Information - Cell phones became popular before most people could afford a regular landline in India. There are 670,000,000 cell phone users in India. That is 20X the population of
Canada. How do people communicate in
your country?
"Mobile phone usage in ____"
"Internet usage in ____"
"Hours spent watching TV in ___"
Cultural Landscapes - define
Interaction as Opportunity p.35 - India has been the gateway for trade long before Christopher Columbus set out to discover it. India is in between China, the Middle East, Africa and Europe making it an ideal place for commerce, trade and economic development.
Interaction as Challenge - The population explosion in India has had a devastating impact on the natural environment. Recent extinctions in India include the Indian/Asiatic Cheetah, Wild Zebu, Javan Rhinoceros, and Sumatran Rhinoceros. Extinct birds include the Pink-Headed Duck and the Himalayan Quail.
Severe air pollution, lowering water tables, water scarcity and sanitation are serious concerns throughout India.

1. Landforms - India has diverse landforms:
Mountains & Glaciers - Himalaya
Desert - Rajhasthan
Rivers - Ganges

4. Soils
- much of India's soil has been stripped of its healthy nutrients so expensive and harmful fertilizers are needed to grow crops
3. Climate
- India has a range of climates:
Tropical Wet, Tropical Dry, Mountain, Subtropical Humid
Temperature ranges from -20C to 40C

2. Water
- India is plagued with physical water scarcity from years of intensive farming and urban expansion
water scarcity
soil depletion
elevation map
Human Regions (G54) - India can be divided by
regions. There are dozens of ethnicities in India and several major religions.
You are trying to answer the question:
"Why would people settle in
this country?"
-farming, fishing?
-access to fresh water?
You are trying to answer the question:
"What makes it difficult to settle in this country? Or, how have humans
impacted the natural environment
in this country?"
-Himalayas, Andes mountains pose challenges
-Countries near sea-level
-over farming, deforestation, over fishing etc.
-access to fresh water
-very cold or very hot (shelter)
1 - Google search "Ecozones for ____"
2 - Google search "rural vs urban map of _____"
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