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AP Human Unit 1 V.

Amber Blanton

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Sequent occupance The notion that successive societies leave their cultural imprints on a place, each contributing to the cumulative cultural landscape. This is an important concept in geography because it symbolizes how humans interact with their surroundings.
Cultural landscape Fashioning of a natural landscape by a cultural group. This is the essence of how humans interact with nature.
Arithmetic density The total number of people divided by the total land area. This is what most people think of as density; how many people per area of land.
Physiological density The number of people per unit of area of arable land, which is land suitable for agriculture. This is important because it relates to how much land is being used by how many people.
Hearth The region from which innovative ideas originate. This relates to the important concept of the spreading of ideas from one area to another (diffusion).
Diffusion The process of spread of a feature or trend from one place to another over time.
Relocation diffusion The spread of an idea through physical movement of people from one place to another. Ex: spread of AIDS from New York, California, & Florida.
Expansion diffusion The spread of a feature from one place to another in a snowballing process.
Hierarchical diffusion The spread of an idea from persons or nodes of authority or power to other persons or places
Contagious diffusion The rapid, widespread diffusion of a characteristic throughout the population.
Stimulus diffusion the spread of an underlying principle, even though a characteristic itself apparently fails to diffuse
Absolute distance Exact measurement of the physical space between two places.
Relative distance Approximate measurement of the physical space between two places.
Distribution The arrangement of something across Earth’s surface.
Environmental determinism A 19th- and early 20th-century approach to the study of geography that said that the general laws sought by human geographers could be found in the physical sciences. Geography was now the study of how the physical environment caused human activities.
Absolute location Position on Earth’s surface using the coordinate system of longitude (that runs from North to South Pole) and latitude (that runs parallel to the equator).
Relative location Position on Earth’s surface relative to other features
Site The physical character of place; what is found at the location and why it is significant
Situation The location of a place relative to other places.
Space Time Compression The reduction in the time it takes to diffuse something to a distant place, as a result of improved communications and transportation system.
Friction of Distance based on the notion that distance requires some effort, money, and/or energy to overcome. Because of this "friction," spatial interactions will take place more over shorter distances; quantity of interaction will decline wi
Distance Decay The diminishing importance and disappearance of a phenomenon with increasing distance from origin. The farther away one group is from another, the less likely the two groups are to interact.
Networks defined by Manuel Castells as a set of interconnected nodes without a center.
Connectivity The relationships among people and objects across the barrier of space. Geographers are concerned with the various means by which connections occur.
Accessibility The degree of ease with which it is possible to reach certain location from other locations. Accessibility varies from place to place and can be measured.
Space Refers to the physical gap or interval between two objects
Spatial Distribution Physical location of geographic phenomena across SPACE
Size Is the estimation or determination of extent
Scale Representation of a real-world phenomenon at a certain level of reduction or generalization. In cartography, the ratio of map distance to ground distance, indicated on a map as a bar graph, representative fraction, and/or verbal statement
Formal Region (uniform) or homogenous region is an area within which everyone shares in common one or mare distinctive characteristics. The shared feature could be a cultural value such as a common language, or an environmental climate.
Functional Region Area organized around a node or focal point. The characteristic chosen to define a functional region dominates at a central focus or node and diminishes in importance outward.
Vernacular Region a place that people believe exists as a part of their cultural identity. Such regions emerge from peoples informal sense of place rather than from scientific models developed through geographic thought
Possibilism The physical environment may limit some human actions, but people have the ability to adjust to their environment.
Natural Landscape It's in the name!
Pattern A common property of distribution, which is the geometric arrangement of objects in space. Some features are organized in a geometric pattern, whereas others are distributed irregularly
Place Name A place's toponymn
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