PLACE The unique location of a feature!
How do we identify the location of a place? • Place Name • Site • Situation • Mathematical location
Place name • What is it called? • Toponym • The name given to a place on the earth • How do places get their names?
Place names change • Cincinnati was re-named after a Revolutionary war hero • Hot Spring, New Mexico was once named Truth and Consequences! They changed it to help the economy • Used to be called Llanfairpwllgwngyll, but they thought that more letters would draw more attention • Political Upheaval • Political Correctness
Site • Site describes the physical characteristics of a place • Climate • Water • Topography • Soil • Vegetation • What makes a good site?
Situation • The location of a place relative to other places • Also known as relative location • Why might situation be a good way to describe place? • Situation helps us to understand the importance of location; many locations are important because they are accessible to other locations • Singapore became a center for trade in SE Asia • What other places are important because of their access to other places?
Mathematical Location • LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE! • YAY! That’s all!!