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Geographic Data, Spacial concepts, Human-Environmental interaction

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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) Computer system that stores, organizes, analyzes, and displays geographic data. Such maps are created by organizing LAYERS of information to form a combined image.
Remote sensing The acquisition of data about Earth's surface from a satellite orbiting the planet or other long-distance methods
Field observation The act of physically visiting a location, place, or region and recording, firsthand information there.
Place A specific point on Earth distinguished by a particular characteristic
Pattern The geometric or regular arrangement of something in a particular area
Space-time compression The reduction in the time it takes to diffuse something to a distant place as a result of improved communication and transportation systems
Distance decay The diminishing in importance and eventual disappearance of a phenomenon with increasing distance from its origin.
Environmental determinism 19th century approach to the study of geography which argued that the general laws sought by human geographers could be found in the physical sciences. Geography was therefore the study of how the physical environment caused human activities
Possibilism Theory that the physical envrionment 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 use of Earth's renewable and nonrenewable natural resources in ways that do not constrain resource use in the future.
Natural resources Materials or substance such as minerals, forests, water, and fertile land that occur in nature and can be used for economic gain
Geospatial data Information that can be tied to a specific place. Besides locations of things, such as mountains or roads or boundaries, it includes human actives and traits. Example: How common is poverty in each U.S. County
Landscape analysis The task of defining and describing landscape
Friction of distance A measure of how much absolute distance affects the interaction between two places
Built environment The physical artifacts that humans have created that from part of the landscape. Example Buildings, roads, signs and fences
Toponym Name give to a portion of Earth's Surface
Site Physical characteristics of a place including landforms, climate and resources
Situation Location of a place relative to another place (Situation describes a places connection to to other places
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