FC: The Six Essential Elements of Geography By Alexi Mojsejenko By Alexi Mojsejenko
1: There are six things you should think about when it comes to geography. These six things are called the six essential elements of geography. Geography is not only memorizing places on a map, but also looking at the world's people and their cultures. These elements help us to see how the world is connected.
2: # 1 The World in Spatial Terms This element shows the world and places using maps and space. There are two types of directions you can give using element one. You can use relative and absolute location. Relative location is when you tell the location of something using another location. For example, across from McDonald's, or next to Wal-Mart.
4: #2 Places and Regions This element goes along with the people in certain places and regions. Some cultures are based upon the places they come from. For example, some cultures are based on farming and raising animals likes some tribes in South America. They act this way because the places they come from are good for farming and raising certain animals, so their lives are centered around the things they can do with the land they come from. Many other cultures are defined by the places they live in and come from.
6: #3 Physical Systems The shape of the Earth's surface also effects cultures and the way people live. People who live in deserts don't go skiing and people who live in the mountains don't go swimming outside. Physical systems also includes the climate. The climate effects everything from the animals that live there, the things people do, the clothing people wear, and even the houses they live in. Where you live makes how you live different.
8: #4 Human Systems The way humans live changes the geography around them. Humans can change forests into bright, busy cities, and gushing rivers into smaller ones by building dams. Humans change their geography all the time whether it's for building things, farming, or mining.
10: #5 Environment and Society Humans can change their environment in many ways. We can build things in nature that would cause animals to move. We can burn oil or gas to pollute our air. We can also use to many of our resources such as over fishing in our lakes and oceans casing certain species to die out, or cutting down too many trees an taking away a whole habitat's home.
12: #6 The Uses of Geography Geography can help us look at the past and the future. Depending on where a person lived in the past would change how they lived. For example, if a person lived in Kentucky in the past they might have had houses made out of wood from the forests. Geography can affect the future too. For example, if you need more energy in the future and you have a big flowing river near by, you can build a dam in the futre to create more energy.