USGeoExam1 - U.S. Geography 500 Jan. 23 Landscape- the look...

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U.S. Geography 500 Jan. 23 Landscape- the look of a place and the many messages inherent in what is visible. Also an artistic category: Usually depicting bucolic spaces with high scenic value Postcard imagery Closet to what average person thinks of as landscape What is the essential American Landscape? Grand Canyon, a lot of open space compared to Europe (closer together), but there isn’t really a true American Landscape, everything looks different. Manhattan, KS vs. Manhattan, NY. Mosiac of rich regional landscapes and identities. Makes the US richer The US is more than the sum of its parts (regions) What is a region? A way we break up a large area into smaller units. A territory of interest to people and for which one or more distinctive traits are used as the basis for its identity. An area with a characteristic or characteristics that distinguish it from other areas. All us to appreciate the idiosyncrasies of places More so than trying to discuss the country as a whole. Within each region, there is some degree of likeness or sameness. Regional boundaries not generally well defined. Except for one special type of region. Regions usually exhibit core-periphery tendencies; a trait will be more noticeable in the center instead of the outskirts. Types of Regions: 1. Formal Region Where one or more features are present throughout the region and absent or unimportant outside it. 2. Functional Region (Nodal) Areas that have been organized to function politically, socially, or economically as one unit. Are the exception – typically have well-defined boundaries. Examples – Municipal entities (cities, countries, states, etc) Newspapers distribution area Area served by a radio station Functional areas have nodes Areas where activities are clustered/organized Ex: County seat, state capitol, etc.
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3. Vernacular Region (Perceptual) Are perceived to exist by its inhabitants, as evidenced by the widespread acceptance and use of a special regional name. Ex: Dixie, Midwest, Wildcat Nation, etc 11-25 Read Chapter 5 in The Middle West Instead of boundaries we have transition zones Boundaries overlap Inhabitants may live in more than one vernacular region Me for example: the south, Appalachia, bible belt, “Herd” and “Mountaineer” nation, the coalfields, etc… Manhattan, KS: Midwest, Plains, Breadbasket, Heartland, and Flyover Vernacular regions lack homogeneity found in other types of regions. Based on peoples’ perceptions, not observable traits Not just insider perspectives Region is but one of the “five themes” Movement, location, place, human-environment interaction Movement: Interaction between/among humans across space. Transportation and communications systems link people and places Diffusion of cultural traits Movement of goods/services Diffusion is generally from urban to rural areas Hierarchical diffusion One notable exception (Wal-Mart) Movement – Migration Push Factors – Something that is running you out. Lack of services or health care.
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