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GEOG 260 - Complementarity between places encourages a real...

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Region: a reasonably large territory where places are more like each other than they are like places outside the region o Regions have: Area (are reasonably large) Outer limits (perhaps boundaries) o Regions are made, not born 3 Kinds of Regions 1) formal: comprised of places that “look alike” b/c of one or a mix of characteristics 2) functional: comprised of places that may be different in terms of their formal features but grouped b/c there is some type of functional connection o Important ideas: Linkages tie places together through spatial interaction Spatial interaction occurs only if transferability exists The spatial pattern of interaction is affected when intervening opportunities occur o Additional ideas: Spatial interaction occurs b/c each place has something wanted at other places
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Unformatted text preview: Complementarity between places encourages a real functional specialization • 3) fiat: territories defined simply for administrative purposes o Single-factor regions (annual avg. precipitation) o Multi-factor regions (culture regions) Characteristics of a Region • Urbanization: o Density o Intensity o Diversity • Industrialization: outward functioning of technology for production, humans provide quality control • High mobility: urbanization depends on mobility • Resource abundance and dependence/ high income and consumption • Political complexity: districts • Ethnic complexity and immigrant groups • Environmental pressures: leftovers of production...
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