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absolute location

describes a place's exact location on Earth

relative location

explains where a place is by describing places near it


the study of the Earth


lines that are east-west circles around the globe


lines that are north-south circles around the globe


the main line of latitude at 0 degrees

Prime Meridian

the main line of longitude at 0 degrees; runs through Greenwich, England


lines of longitude


lines of latitude

physical features

describe the land or climate

human features

describe population/people


helps geographers explain how people, goods and ideas get from one place to another


an area that has a unifying characteristic, like the same climate or land


a region of flat land

human-environment interaction

shows how people affect their surroundings

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