Geography - Terms cont. Reading Assignment Due 2/4 Chapter...

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Terms cont. Reading Assignment Due 2/4 Chapter 1 reading and outline  For each bold section heading give 3 bullets about what it covers Italicized sections give 5-7 bullets  Historical Geography Not a total consensus Substantial agreement is the study of past geographies o Notably those of location and distribution  o Interactions between people and their environment o Landscape and region What cultural ideas have shaped our present? Why are there regional divisions in our country? Why has America experienced more rapid resource exploitation? How our modern patterns of development mirror our past Do we have a sense of place in this country? How do we study the past geography? We can look at the perspective of time o Usually the focus of historians
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We can look at the perspective of regions We can look at the perspective of landscapes o Both physical and cultural and how they’ve changed over time Location Defines characteristics by: o Sight- its actual or absolute location or unique physical features o Situation- its relative location or place characteristics in relation to  other places Culture The learned behavior and attitudes of a group transmitted to succeeding  generations Boundaries Dividing lines, permanent or non-permanent  Urbanization Permanent relocation of rural people to an urban area, and the consequent  expansion of the urban area Urban systems Network of interdependent urban settlements connected by transportation,  communication etc.
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Sequent Occupancy A succession of settlements in the same place over a long period of time Migration Permanent movement of people from one place to another which usually  implies crossing some sort of gov’t boundary  Perception of Place Individual or group image of a particular place based upon experience, word  of mouth, etc o Can be very inaccurate Diffusion A movement of a thing, idea, people, etc. outward from a particular source  area Primary Data Actual writings, maps, artifacts, letters, etc. produced during a specific time in  history  North America Wasn’t a place that was supposed to exist Did not become clear until well into the 16 th  century that there were 2 other  continental masses between Europe and Asia South America was seen as having more importance
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Physical Environment Earth formed 4.7 billion years ago  Current landforms are often millions of years old Alfred Wegener 20 th  century geographer  Developed theory of continental drift o The forerunner of the current plate tectonics theory that explains how 
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