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AP HUG Vocab 2

Vocabulary for AP Human Geography from Chapter Two

Functional Region also known as a nodal region, area organized around a focal point
Vernacular Region also known as a perceptual region, a place that people believe exists as a part of their cultural identity
Mental Map an internal representation of a portion of Earth’s surface
Culture body of customary beliefs, material traits, and social forms that together constitute the distinct tradition of a people
Cultural Ecology geographic study of human-environment relationships
Possibilism an idea that states that the physical environment may limit human actions, but people have the ability to adjust the environment
Polder a piece of land that is created by draining water from an area
Environmental determinism an approach that concentrates on how the physical environment causes social development
Globalization a force or process that invokes the entire world and results in making something worldwide in scope
Distribution the arrangements of something across earth’s surface
Density the frequency with which something exists within a given unit of area
Transnational Corporation conducts research, operates factories and sells products in many countries
Arithmetic density total number of objects in an area
Physiological density number of persons per unit of area suitable for agriculture
Concentration extent of a feature’s spread over space
Agricultural density number of farmer per unit of farmland
Pattern the geometric arrangement of objects in space
Distance decay a trailing-off phenomenon that ensues when two groups are less likely to interact the further they are from each other
Diffusion process by which a characteristic spreads across space
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 systems
Hearth place from which an innovation originates
Relocation diffusion spread of an idea through physical movement of people across space
Expansion diffusion spread of a feature from one place to another
Hierarchical diffusion spread of an idea from persons of power to other persons
Contagious diffusion rapid spread of an idea throughout a population
Stimulus diffusion spread of an underlying principle
Uneven development increasing gap in economic conditions between regions in the core that results from globalization of an economy
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