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APHG Ch.1

Chapter one key terms in text by H.J. Blij/Alexander Murphy

TermDefinition
Absolute Location A place's location in relation to a neutral, agreed-upon frame of reference.
Area Defined spatial extent; location, in that all regions lie somewhere on Earth's surface.
Boundary The limits of an area.
Diffusion The spatial spreading of a culture element or other phenomenon.
Hierarchy An order or gradation of phenomenon; vertical way of viewing regions.
Region The third theme of geography; particular areas in which features tend to be concentrated in.
Movement The fifth theme of geography; referring to the mobility of people, goods, and ideas across the surface of the Earth.
Human Geography The understanding and explaining of the wide diversity of the world.
Location Theory An element of contemporary human geography that seeks answers to a wide range of questions
Location The first theme of geography; highlights how the geographical position of people and things on the Earth's surface affects what happens and why.
Regional Science An undertaking that involves the application of modern quantitative spatial analytic techniques to regional questions.
Place The fourth theme of geography; referring to distinguishing human and physical characteristics.
Spatial Perspective To observe the physical and human characteristics of our planet as they vary over space, looking specifically for patterns and processes.
Human-environment Interactions The second theme of geography; the relationship between humans and the natural world.
Landscape The material character of a place.
Maps Geographic tools used to demonstrate the insights gained through spatial analysis.
Relative Location A place's location relative to other human and physical features on the landscape.
Geographic Information Systems A tool that allows geographers to combine layers of spatial data in a computerized environment.
Remote Sensing A method of collecting data or information through the use of instruments that are physically distant from the area or object of study.
Formal Region Regions marked by uniformity.
Functional Region The product of interactions, movement of various kinds.
Perceptual Region Regions primarily in the minds of people.
Mental Maps Maps in the minds of people; derived from visual observation of the real world and from the scrutiny and study of printed maps.
Environmental Perception The total impression individuals have of their surroundings which create a mental map.
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