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APHG Unit 1.2-1.5

Words from learning objective 1.2-1.5

TermDefinition
qualitative data Data associated with a more humanistic approach to geography, often collected through interviews, empirical observations, or the interpretation of texts, artwork, old maps, and other archives.
quantitative data numerical data
Global Positioning System (GPS) A system that determines the precise position of something on Earth through a series of satellites, tracking stations, and receivers.
Geographic Information System (GIS) A computer system that stores, organizes, analyzes, and displays geographic data.
remote sensing The acquisition of data about Earth's surface from a satellite orbiting the planet or other long-distance methods.
satellite navigation a system of satellites that provide autonomous geo-spatial positioning with global coverage
field observation the act of physically visiting a location, place, or region and recording, firsthand, information there
absolute location The exact position of a place on the earth's surface.
relative location The position of a place in relation to another place
space The physical gap or interval between two objects
place A specific point on Earth distinguished by a particular character.
pattern The geometric or regular arrangement of something in a study area.
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
distance decay The diminishing in importance and eventual disappearance of a phenomenon with increasing distance from its origin.
environmental determinism A doctrine that claims that cultural traits are formed and controlled by environmental conditions.
possibilism The theory that the physical environment may set limits on human actions, but people have the ability to adjust to the physical environment and choose a course of action from many alternatives.
sustainability The ability to keep in existence or maintain. A sustainable ecosystem is one that can be maintained
natural resources Materials or substances such as minerals, forests, water, and fertile land that occur in nature and can be used for economic gain
land use Various ways humans use the land such as agricultural, industrial, residential, or recreational
geospatial data Information about a physical object that can be represented by numerical values in a geographic coordinate system.
geographic processes the physical forces that form and transform our world
policy document Policies are the business rules and guidelines of a company that ensure consistency and compliance with the company's strategic direction. The Policies lay out the business rules under which a company, division, or department will operate.
landscape analysis the task of defining and describing landscapes
flow movement in a steady stream. Example: migration
friction of distance A measure of how much absolute distance affects the interaction between two places.
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