One of the two major divisions of geography; the spatial analysis of human population, its cultures, activities, and landscapes.
The art and science of making maps, including data compilation, layout, and design. Also concerned with the interpretation of mapped patterns.
Relationship between the portion of Earth being studied and the Earth as a whole.
Observing variations in geographic phenomena across space
5 Themes of Geography
the ﬁve themes of geography are location, human-environment interaction, region, place, and movement.
The system used to transfer locations from Earth's surface to a flat map.
The position of place of a certain item on the surface of the Earth as expresed in degrees, minutes, and seconds of latitude, 0° to 90° north or south of the equator, and longitude, 0° to 180° east or west of the Prime Meridian passing through Greenwich, England. (Also known as Mathematical Location)
The regional position or situation of a place relative to the position of other places.
Geographic Information System (GIS)
a computer system that can capture, store, query, analyze, and display geographic data. Uses geocoding to calculate relationships between objects on a map's significance
The acquisition of data about Earth's surface from a satellite orbiting the planet or other long-distance methods.
An area of Earth distinguished by a distinctive combination of cultural and physical features
An area within which everyone shares in common one or more distinctive characteristics, generally identified to help explain broad global or national patterns, generally illustrating a general concept rather than a precise mathematical distribution
Area organized around a node or focal point/place where there is a central focus that diminishes in importance outward. Used to display information about economic areas.
A place that people believe exists as part of their cultural identity from people's informal sense of place such as mental maps.
A book by Ptolemy which was the most detailed description of the known world.
Physical location of geographic phenomena across space. Density, Concentration, and Pattern.
process by which a characteristic spreads across space from one place to another over time (through complex transportation, communications, resulting in complicated interactions) Can mean people in different regions can modify ideas at the same time in different ways.
The spread of an idea through physical movement of people from one place to another; migrate for political, economic, envir. issues that bring their culture with them to a new place; helps understand spread of AIDS
The spread of a feature or trend among people from one area to another in a snowballing process
rapid, widespread difufsion of a characteristic throughout the population; diseases and ideas spread without relocation
Spread of ana idea from persons or nodes of authority or power to other persons or places of power (hip-hop: low-income people, but urban society); from people/places of power
spread of an underlying principle, even though a characteristic itself apparently fails to diffuse.
the diminishing in importance and eventual disappearance of a phenomenon with increasing distance from its origin.
A logical attempt to explain the locational pattern of an economic activity and the manner in which its producing areas
are interrelated. The agricultural location theory contained in the von Thünen model is a leading example.
The expansion of economic, political, and cultural processes to the point that they become global in scale and impact. The processes of globalization transcend state boundaries and have outcomes that vary across places and scales.
The agricultural revolution- the first time humans began using agriculture.
a thematic map in which ranked classes of some variable are depicted with shading patterns or colors for predefined zones.
disadvantages for maps depicting the entire world of the: shape, distance, relative size, and direction of places on maps
a thematic map with lines that connect points of equal value.
a thematic map in which a dot represents some frequency of the mapped variable
Proportional Symbol Map
Portrays numeric quantities with a symbol, with different sizes of symbols being proportional to each others quantities.
The numbering system to indicate the location of a parallel
the numbering system used to indicate the location of meridians drawn on a globe and measuring distance east and west of the Prime Meridian.
Humans originated in Africa and then migrated to regions around it.
One of the first epidemics of disease to be studied by epidemiological methods.
the directness of routes linking pairs of places; an indication of the degree of internal connection in a transport network; all of the tangible and intangible means of connection and communication between places.
A combination of cultural features such as language and religion, economic features such as agriculture and industry, and physical features such as climate and vegetation. (defined by Carl Sauer as an area fashioned from nature by a cultural group) [Cultural Attributes]
Geographic study of human-environment relationships
The way that a cultural environment can influence social development.
Prevailing cultural attitude rendering certain innovations, ideas or practices unacceptable or unadoptable in that particular culture.
The sum total of the knowledge, attitudes, and habitual behavior patterns shared and transmitted by the members of a society. This is anthropologist Ralph Linton's deﬁnition; hundreds of others exist.
A business interaction overseas.
The study of humans.
The notion that successive societies leave their cultural imprints on a place, each contributing to the cumulative cultural landscape. This is an important concept in geography because it symbolizes how humans interact with their surroundings. [Changing attribute of a place]