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Five themes

  1. 1. Intro to Geography The Five Themes
  2. 2. Theme # 1: Location • Answers the question where is something at? • We could answer this question in two ways. • Absolute Location: A specific latitude and longitude. • Relative Location: Explaining where something is located in relationship to an already known location.
  3. 3. Absolute Location • A specific latitude and longitude. • What is the absolute location of San Bernardino, California? • 34°N, 118°W • What can we predict about cities found on the same line of latitude? • Often have similar climate.
  4. 4. Relative Location • Explaining where something is at in relationship to an already known location. • Must include distance (blocks, miles, inches) and direction (North, South, East, West) • Give a relative location of San Bernardino. • 60 miles east of Los Angeles.
  5. 5. Theme # 2: Place • Place answers the question: What is life like there? • Physical characteristics: Things from the earth that are not man made. • Human characteristics: Things made by humans.
  6. 6. Theme # 3: Human Environment Interaction • This theme refers to changes humans have made the physical earth. • Positive: Form cities, Transportation systems, Agriculture, Running water • Negative: Pollution, Littering, Deforestation, Global warming
  7. 7. Theme # 4: Movement • Theme involves the movement of people, goods, and ideas from one location to another. • How are goods moved? • Ships, planes, trains, automobiles. • How are ideas moved? • Internet, books, phone, television.
  8. 8. Theme # 5: Regions • Region refers to how the earth is divided up. • Uniform Regions: A region that shares a uniform characteristic. They have something in common. • Examples: Religion, Currency, Language. • Political Regions: Region which has boundaries determined by a government.

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