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WG Vocabulary

Human Geography The branch of geography that studies all things human and human made
Physical geography The branch of geography that studies all of Earth’s physical features and processes
Map Typically a 2-D representation of our Earth in which you can see where people, places, and things are located
Place A theme in geography that allows us to describe the physical and human characteristics of a location
Site When describing a place you use Site. Site is what you see on the landscape
Location Identifying WHERE a place is located. Location can be Absolute, relative, and mathematical
Situation Identifying a place’s location using other places
Region s, etc) 1 Region An AREA with one or more common features that makes it different from surrounding areas
Formal Region
Functional Region
Vernacular Region
Cartography The study of maps and map making
Thematic Map A Special Purpose map that displays information around a theme (phenomenon)
Map Scale The tool on a map that allows you to measure real distance
Map Projection The process by which we display the round Earth on a flat surface
Remote Sensing
Coordinate System
Prime Meridian
Cultural Landscape The combination of the physical features and human features on a landscape
Mental Map The map-like image every one carries in their head
Culture All the features of a peoples way of life
Spatial Perspective A way for geographers to identify and explain patterns of human activities and physical activities across Earth
Spatial Diffusion The process by which information and ideas spread across Earth
Absolute Location
Relative Location
Distribution The spread of a feature over Earth
Density Measures how much of something there is (ex= people, crops, etc)
Arithmetic Denisty
Space-time Convergence (compression) The reduction in time it takes for people and things to interact and connect due to increased access to technology and transportation advancements
Uneven Development The result of increased globalization has created a gap between the wealthiest (more developed regions) and the poorest (less developed regions) across Earth
Visualization The tools in geography that allow us to understand and explain where and why (ex= maps, charts, graphs, diagrams, pictures)
First Law of Geography EVERYTHING is related to everything else, BUT closer things will interact more that things farther away
Scale 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
Spatial Association 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)
Globalization The processes by which the world’s countries and people become more alike, interdependent, and interact, regardless of country borders
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