Place • A place is described by its physical and/or human characteristics • physical - features including landforms, climate, and vegetation • human - people who live there, political system, customs, economy, etc.
Regions • Set of places that have similar attributes • ex - Chinatown is a region of San Francisco • ex - California is in the Western United States
Human-Environmental Interaction • How do people use their environment? • How have they changed it? • How have people responded to these changes
Location • Includes ABSOLUTE and RELATIVE location • Absolute location is a places point on a globe or map • Relative location is the places location compared to another place
Examples Of Relative Location • Atwater is 30 miles from Modesto • The United States is East of Japan • Mississippi is in the Southern United States
How does absolute location work? • Imaginary lines of latitude run parallel to the equator on a globe or map • Imaginary lines of longitude run north and south between the two poles
More on longitude and latitude • The equator is at 0º, while the poles are 90° north (N) and south (S) • Lines of longitude are widest at the equator and come together at the poles
Movement • As people, goods, and ideas move from place to place, they can change a places characteristics • ex. - if communists invaded an overtook The United States, our countries geography would change