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JOURNAL #2 Geography - is the study of the different physical, biological, and cultural features on Earth, and how they all interact. Perspective – how.

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1 JOURNAL #2 Geography - is the study of the different physical, biological, and cultural features on Earth, and how they all interact. Perspective – how we view our world Landscape – an area of land that is visually distinct or particular to a specific area Cartography – the science of mapmaking Meteorology – the study of weather formation Suburb – a residential area located around a bigger city

2 TCC STANDINGS #12 nd Hour (3) #21st Hour (1) #34 th Hour (0) #47 th Hour (0) #53 rd Hour (-1)

3 WHAT IS GEOGRAPHY? G-1

4 GEOGRAPHY WRITING PROMPT #1 Describe a place that you would like to live, try to include: Location of your place Physical features of your place (mountains, beaches, etc.) Climate of your place Regions that your place belongs to (Douglas is in Converse County, Wyoming, the U.S., the Rocky Mountains, etc.) Languages/traditions of the people in your place Plants and animals that are present in your place

5 WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH GEOGRAPHY?

6 GEOGRAPHY Geography is the study of the different physical, biological, and cultural features on Earth, and how they all interact. Geographers study the relationships between people and the environment by looking at cities, cultures, plants and resources.

7 KEY TERMS Perspective Landscape Cartography Meteorology

8 TWO BRANCHES OF GEOGRAPHY Human Geography Population Settlements Economics Human Migration Political Systems Religions Social Traditions Physical Geography Landforms Rocks and Minerals Animals Plants Soils Water Climate and Weather

9 REGIONS A region is an area with one or more common features that make it different from surrounding areas. There are different types of regions Formal regions - Yellowstone Perceptual regions – The South

10 THE FIVE THEMES OF GEOGRAPHY Location Place Human-environment interaction Movement Region

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12 HUMAN GEOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES Population: about 307 million as of 2009 For comparison China has about 1.3 billion people Major settlements Over 1/3 of Americans (over 100 million) live on the East Coast

13 HUMAN GEOGRAPHY IN THE UNITED STATES The United States economy is the largest in the world – producing about ¼ of the world’s goods and services (GDP) The United States’ strong economy has and continues to attract immigrants from all over the world (although it has recently moved from 1 st to 4 th in terms of immigration) The United States political system is a federal constitutional republic Federal government – President, congress, judiciary State governments A 2 party system which has been dominated by the Democrats and the Republicans since the Civil War (1865)

14 RELIGIONS IN THE UNITED STATES

15 PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE UNITED STATES

16 CLIMATE MAP OF THE UNITED STATES

17 REGIONS OF THE U.S. In this class we will break the U.S. down into 5 regions The West, the Southwest, the Midwest, the Southeast, and the Northeast

18 THE WEST Includes the states of Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado Sub-regions include the Pacific West and the Mountain West California has a long history of European settlement and it is now the most populated state Los Angeles is the 2 nd largest city in the United States Hollywood is a suburb of Los Angeles This area (the West) is known for its scenic beauty and large amounts of government owned land

19 THE SOUTHWEST States include: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma The Southwest is the driest region in the U.S. This area has strong Spanish- American and Native- American ties The Grand Canyon is a major physical feature Phoenix, Arizona and Dallas, Texas are the largest cities

20 THE MIDWEST Includes: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin This area is known as the nation’s “breadbasket” because the fertile soil makes it possible to produce lots of crops – corn is the most important Mid-westerners are often thought to be friendly, open, and honest Physical features include the Great Lakes Major cities include Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis

21 THE SOUTHEAST States include: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia Hurt by the Civil War Has a large population of African Americans Now a manufacturing region Important cities include Atlanta, Miami, Little Rock

22 THE NORTHEAST Includes: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. Includes the sub-regions of New England, and the Mid-Atlantic New England is one of the oldest historical areas in the United States Education is important in New England – Harvard, Yale, Brown and Dartmouth are all in New England Boston is the largest city in New England The mid-Atlantic is known for its heavy industry which produce iron, glass, and steel Important cities are New York City (the largest in the U.S.), Philadelphia, and Baltimore

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