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AP Human Chapter 1

vocabulary

QuestionAnswer
Absolute direction independent from other places. N, S, E, W. cardinal points
absolute distance the separation between 2 places, measured with accepted system
absolute location precise and accepted coordinates, mathematical, independent
accessibility how easy or difficult it is to overcome the "friction of distance"
concentration opposite of dispersion
connectivity concept of tangible/intangible ways places are connected
cultural landscape the way a place is due to human changes and modifications
density measure of number or quantity of item in a given area
dispersion amount of spread of a phenomenon over an area
formal region places with one characteristic in common. very general
functional region all of the places that a central focus place affects
GIS Geographical Information System. accesses databases to answer specific questions
Globalization increasing interconnections of people/society in the world
mental map a picture in your mind that helps you navigate/know where you are
model a representation of reality that is manipulated in order to interpret
natural landscape the way a place is without being affected by humans.
nodal region functional region
pattern the distribution of an area with a focus on design
perceptual region vernacular region. not strict, grouped by the feeling people get of an area
projection a flat map with distorted latitude and longitude
region recognized and defined earth areas that show significant uniformity
regional concept people naturally group together similar places in their minds
relative direction depends on location and culture when describing where. "Out West"
relative distance meaningful units like time or cost to get there. psychological base
relative location spatial interconnections. expresses where a place is in regards to other places.
remote sensing taking a picture of something from a distance
scale areal or size; degree of generalization to understand patterns/relationships/etc.
site absolute, physical and cultural attributes of a place. internal features
situation external relations. relative to significant items of interest
spatial diffusion spread of an ideal or item from central to distant points
spatial distribution arrangement of items on earth
spatial interaction the way places and people affect each other and the environment
spatial system a representation of how places are interconnected on the face of Earth
uniform region formal region.
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