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The Five Themes of Geography
Transcript of The Five Themes of Geography
Human and Environment Interaction
Location tells us where something is.
Credit: Reto Stockli, NASA Earth Observatory
Describing a location by what it is near.
Cuba lies 90 miles off Key West, Florida
Using GPS coordinates to describe a location.
Coordinates: 30.5232548°N 84.2749003°W
Place defines the physical and human characteristics of a location.
Regions are areas with similar characteristics.
Like Place, regions can be based on human and physical characteristics.
"Latin America" is a region of the 20 countries of Central and South America that share a common heritage, history, and culture.
Climate, landforms, and terrain are examples of physical characteristics.
The Atlas Mountains
Sydney is the most populated city in Australia. It's temperate climate, beaches, and cultural events make it a prime tourist destination.
Describes how and why people and things move around the world.
This describes how people adapt to and interact with their environment.
Photo by Jonathan Talbot, World Resources Institute. 2003.
Slash and Burn Agriculture
Cutting and burning large areas of forest as a way to clear land for farming.
The Suez Canal
The Suez Canal, a man-made canal which opened in 1869, links the Mediterranean and Red Seas.
The Atlas Mountain Range stretches across three Northern African countries: Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.