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Intro to W.Geo Vocab

TermDefinition
Human Geography 3 the branch of geography dealing with how human activity affects or is influenced by the earth's surface.
Physical Geography 3 the branch of geography dealing with natural features and processes
Map 2 a diagrammatic representation of an area of land or sea showing physical features, cities, roads, etc
place 1 A place is an area that is defined by everything in it. All places have features that give them personality and distinguish them from other places.
site 1 Site refers to the internal characteristics of a place (house, city, country, state) that describe where it is.
location 1 A location can be absolute (specific) as in coordinates of a map using longitude and latitude
situation 1 Situation refers to the external characteristics (what is nearby) that make that location attractive.
region 2 In geography, regions are areas broadly divided by physical characteristics
formal region 3 Formal regions are those that are designated by official boundaries, such as cities, states, counties, and countries.
functional region 3 Functional regions are defined by their connections.
vernacular region 3 Vernacular regions are perceived regions, such as "The South," "The Midwest," or the "Middle East;" they have no formal boundaries but are understood in our mental maps of the world.
space 2 Geographical space is often considered as land, and can have a relation to ownership usage (in which space is seen as property or territory).
connections 2 a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.
cartography 3 The study of maps and map making
Thematic Map 3 A Special Purpose map that displays information around a theme (phenomenon)
map scale 3 The tool on a map that allows you to measure real distance
map projection 3 The process by which we display the round Earth on a flat surface
GPS 3 (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites
GIS 3 GIS, is a computerized data management system used to capture, store, manage, retrieve, analyze, and display spatial information. Data captured and used in a GIS commonly are represented on paper or other hard-copy maps.
REMOTE SENSING 3 the scanning of the earth by satellite or high-flying aircraft in order to obtain information about it.
meridians 2 a circle of constant longitude passing through a given place on the earth's surface and the terrestrial poles.
parallels 2 each of the imaginary parallel circles of constant latitude on the earth's surface
coordinate system 2 A geographic coordinate system is a coordinate system that enables every location on the Earth to be specified by a set of numbers or letters
equator 3 an imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from both poles, dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres and constituting the parallel of latitude 0°.
prime meridian 3 he earth's zero of longitude, which by convention passes through Greenwich, England.
cultural landscape 3 The combination of the physical features and human features on a landscape
Mental map 3 The map-like image every one carries in their head
culture 2 All the features of a peoples way of life
Spatial Perspective 3 A way for geographers to identify and explain patterns of human activities and physical activities across Earth
Spatial Association 3 The perspective geographers use to explain relationships among different phenomenon across Earth (ex= high rates of cancer deaths in the South is associated with poor education and lack of access to health care)
Spatial Diffusion 3 The process by which information and ideas spread across Earth
Absolute Location 3 Absolute location, however, is a term which has little real meaning, since any location must be expressed relative to something else.
Relative Location 3 a point or place in relation to another point or place
Concentration 2 a close gathering of people or things
Pattern 2 a model or design used as a guide in needlework and other crafts
generalization 2 a general statement or concept obtained by inference from specific cases
resources 2 provide (a person or organization) with materials, money, staff, and other assets necessary for effective operation.
globalization 2 Globalization is a process of interaction and integration among the people, companies, and governments of different nations, a process driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology
distribution 2 the action or process of supplying goods to stores and other businesses that sell to consumers.
density 2 the degree of compactness of a substance.
arithmetic density 2 The total number of people / area of land
space-time convergence 2 The process, made possible by technological innovations in transportation and communication, by which distant places are brought closer together in terms of the time taken to travel (or send messages) between them
uneven development Uneven and combined development is a Marxist concept to describe the overall dynamics of human history
visualization 2 The tools in geography that allow us to understand and explain where and why (ex= maps, charts, graphs, diagrams, pictures
first law of geography 3 EVERYTHING is related to everything else, BUT closer things will interact more that things farther away
scale 3 The ZOOMING in or out on Earth’s surface, in which we can study the relationship between the portion of Earth being studied and Earth as a whole
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