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Unit 1

TermDefinition
Human Geography the study of where and why human activities are located where they are
Physical Geography the study of where and why natural forces occur as they do (climates, landforms, types of vegetation, etc.)
Absolute Location the exact position of a place on the earth’s surface
Relative Location location in relation to other places
Site Location the specific location of a place, including its physical setting
Situation Location the geographic position of a place in relation to other places or features of a larger region
Global Positioning System a navigational system that can determine absolute location by using satellites and receivers on earth
Geographic Information Systems Computer programs that process and organize details about places on Earth and integrate those details with satellite images and other pieces of information
Remote Sensing any technique used to measure, observe, or monitor a subject or process without physically touching the object under observation
Human-Environmental Interaction The interactions between human social systems and the rest natural ecosystem
Formal Regions a region defined by a common characteristic, such as production of a product
Functional Regions a central place and the territory linked to it
Perceptual Regions a region defined by popular feelings and images rather than by objective data
Map Scale the relationship between the size of an object on a map and its actual size on earth
Map Projection a mathematical formula used to represent the curvature of the Earth on the flat surface of a map
Spatial Distribution arrangement of a phenomenon across the Earth’s surface
Environmental determinism the study of how the physical environment caused human activities and social development
Possibilism the physical environment may limit some human actions, but people have the ability to adjust to their environment
Topography the arrangement of the natural and artificial physical features of an area
Created by: HCSWorldGeo