Presentation on theme: "The 5 Themes of Geography"— Presentation transcript:
1 The 5 Themes of Geography How Geographers look at the world
2 LocationAbsolute Location- identifying an exact spot on the earth using latitude & longitude.Example:41º 38’ 01.24” N111º 52’ 07.09” WRelative Location- where a place is located in relation to other things.Example: directions to your house.
3 PlaceHuman Characteristics- things people do that make a place unique.Examples: language, religion, customs, foods, clothing, etc.Physical Characteristics- natural features of the earth in an area.Examples: climate, landforms, vegetation, waterbodies, etc.
4 Human-Environment Interaction How humans change the environment to meet their needs & how the environment affects human activities.Example: deforestation, reservoirs, farming, clothing types, etc.
5 MovementThe movement of people, goods, & ideas across the globe & why they move.Example: boats, airplanes, trains, trucks, television, newspapers, internet, telephone, talking, etc.
6 Region An area defined by a common characteristic. Formal Region- united by specific factors. Example: cultural, political, religiousFunctional Region- a central place & the area linked to it. Example: greater Salt Lake areaPerceptual Region- defined by popular feelings & images rather than by objective data. Example: the West
7 Geographers at WorkResearch methods geographers use to gather data include:Direct Observation- field work, remote sensing, aerial photosInterviewing- how people think or feel about an issueStatistics- census data, temperature & rainfallTechnology- satellites, computers, GPSMapping- cartography, GIS