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The Themes of Geography

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FC: The Themes of Geography | Written by Maddie Gilbreath

1: The first theme is location. "Where are we?" is the question that location answers. It can be relative or absolute.

2: Absolute location is an exact point. It can be described using latitude and longitude, or your street address.

3: Relative locations are described by using landmarks (mountains, rivers, well-known places), the distance from one place to another, or direction. If I said that my house is 7 miles north of Daviess County High School, that is a relative location.

4: The next theme is Place. Places have human and physical characteristics. | Physical Characteristics -mountains -rivers -soil -beaches -wildlife

5: Human Characteristics- Things that people have made that cause a change in the environment. Such as... -buildings -roads -stores -restaurants

6: The third theme of geography is Human/Environmental Interaction. This theme is about how the environment and humans affect each other.

7: Floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes are ways that the environment affect us. The three key things you should know about this theme is that.. | -Humans adapt to the environment. -Humans modify the environment. -Humans depend on the environment.

8: People DEPEND on rivers for water and transportation. People MODIFY the environment by building dams or roads. People ADAPT to the environment by wearing lots of clothing when it's cold outside.

9: Movement is the next theme. | People everywhere interact, which means they talk with each other, trade things with each other, and travel from place to place.

10: Humans have ideas. And when humans move, so do their ideas. Who do you think made the clothes you wear? Someone from a different country probably came up with an idea about fashion and the idea traveled all the way to America.

11: The way we travel is also part of movement. If we didn't have cars, trains, boats, and planes, traveling would take a very long time and ideas or messages wouldn't be shared as quickly.

12: The final theme is Region. There are formal, functional, and vernacular regions. Formal regions are cities, states, counties, or countries, and even physical features that most everyone knows.

13: Functional regions are functions such as a newspaper service area. But if the newspaper service that delivers there shuts down, the region no longer exists. Vernacular regions are just defined as The Middle East, The South, and The North.

14: Works Cited Keys-Matthews, Lisa "The Five Themes of Geography" Pictures:,r:1,s:0&tx=52&ty=60,r:4,s:0&tx=73&ty=34,29307,1954087,00.html&docid=M8z17Sc_nCZ8OM&imgurl=,r:1,s:0&tx=130&ty=40,r:0,s:0&tx=42&ty=62

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