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Barron's AP Human Geography Vocab unit 2
Terms in this set (56)
The distance that can be measured with a standard unit length, such as a mile or kilometer.
The exact position of an object or place, measured with the spatial coordinates of a grid system.
The relative ease with which a destination may be reached from some other place.
A map projection in which the plane is the most developable surface.
The outer edge of a city's sphere of influence, used in the law of retail gravitation to describe the area of a city's hinterlands that depend that city for its retail supply.
A type of thematic map that transforms space such that the political unit with the greatest value for some type of data is represented by the largest relative area.
A thematic map that uses tones or colors to represent spacial data as average values per unit area.
An image of a portion of the earth's surface that a person creates in his or her mind._____ can include knowledge of actual locations and relationships between locations as well as person exceptions and preferences of particular places.
The actual or potential relationship between two places, usually referring to economic interactions.
The degree of economic, social, cultural, or political connection between two places.
The spread of a disease, innovation, or cultural traits through direct contact with another person or another place.
A standard grid, composed of lines of latitude and longitude, used to determine the absolute location of any object, place, or feature on the earth's surface.
distance decay effect
The decrease in interaction between two phenomena, places, or people as the distance between them increases.
Thematic maps that use points to show the precise locations of specific observations or occurrences, such as crimes, car accidents, or births.
The spread of ideas, innovations, fashion, or other phenomena to surrounding areas through contact and exchange.
friction of distance
A measure of how much absolute distance affects the interaction between two places.
A type of map projection that maintains the accurate size and shape of landmasses but completely rearranges direction such that the four cardinal directions--north, south, east, and west--no longer have any meaning.
The actual shape of the earth, which is rough and oblate, or slightly squashed; the earth's circumference is longer around the equator then it is along the meridians, from north-south circumference.
A mathematical formula that describes the level of interaction between two places, based on the size of their populations and their distance from each other.
Anything in the landscape, real or perceived, that is potentially threatening.____ are usually avoided in spatial behavior.
A type of diffusion in which something is transmitted between places because of something the two places have in common.
international date line
The line of longitude that marks where each new day begins, centered on the 180th meridian.
The idea that one place has a demand for some good or service and two places have a supply of equal price and quality, then the closer of the two suppliers to the buyer will represent an ____, thereby blocking the third from being able to share its supply of goods or services. ______are frequently utilized because transportation costs usually decrease with proximity.
Map line that connects points of equal or very similar values.
A relatively small ratio between map units and ground units. _____maps usually have higher resolution and cover much smaller regions than small-scale maps.
The angular distance north or south of the equator, defined by lines of____, or parallels.
law of retail gravitation
Law that states that people will be drawn to larger cities to conduct their business because larger cities have a wider influence on the hinterlands that surround them.
On a map, a chart or graph that gives specific statistical information of a particular political unit or jurisdiction.
The angular distance east or west of the prime meridian, defined by lines of longitude, or meridians.
A mathematical method that involves transferring the earth's sphere onto a flat surface. This term can also be used to describe the type of map that results from the process of projecting. All _____ have distortions in either area, direction, distance, or shape.
An image of a portion of the earth's surface that an individual creates in his or her mind. These maps can include knowledge of actual locations and relationships between locations as well as personal perceptions and preferences of particular places. Mental Map
A true conformal cylindrical map projection, the____ is particularly useful for navigation because it maintains accurate direction._____are famous for their distortion in area that makes landmasses at the poles appear oversized.
A line of longitude that runs north-south. All lines of longitude are equal in length and intersect at the poles. Another term for a longitude
An east-west line of latitude that runs parallel to the equator and that marks distance north or south of the equator.Another name for latitude
Peters Map Projection
A cylindrical map projection that attempts to retain the accurate sizes of all the world's landmasses.
A map that displays individual preferences for certain places.
An imaginary line passing through the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, which marks the 0° line of longitude.
proportional symbols map
A thematic map in which the size of a chosen symbol--such as a circle or triangle--indicates the relative magnitude of some statistical value for a given geographic region.
A map type that shows reference information for a particula: place, making it useful for finding landmarks and for navigating.
A measure of distance that includes the costs of overcoming the friction of absolute distance separating two places. Often____describes the amount of social, cultural, or economic, connectivity between two places.
The position of a place relative to places around it.
The diffusion of ideas, innovations, behaviors, and the like from one place to another through migration.
A map's smallest discernible unit. If, for example, ans object has to be one kilometer long in order to show up on a map, then that map's resolution is one kilometer.
Projection that attempts to balance several possible projection errors. It does not maintain completely accurate area, shape, distance, or direction, but it minimizes errors in each.
The ratio between the size of an area on a map and the actual size of that same area on the earth's surface.
The absolute location of a place, describes by the local relief, landforms, and other cultural or physical characteristics.
The relative location of a place in relation to the physical and cultural characteristics of the surrounding area and the connections and interdependencies within that system; a place's spatial context.
Map scale ratio in which the ratio of units on the map to units on the earth is quite small. _____usually depict large areas.
____refers to the ways in which phenomena, such as technological innovations, cultural trends, or even outbreaks of disease, travel over space.
When a trait of one culture prompts invention or innovation of another.
A type of map that displays one or more variables--such as population, or income level--within a specific area.
The idea that distance between some places is actually shrinking as technology enables more rapid communication and increased interaction between those places.
Maps that use isolines to represent constant elevations. If you took a topographic map out into the field and walked exactly along the path of an isoline on your map, you would always stay at the same elevation.
The amount of connectivity between places, regardless of the absolute distance separating them. connectivity
The costs involved in moving goods from one place to another.
Use of sophisticated software to create dynamic computer maps, some of which are three-dimensional or interactive.