Human Geography - Vocab 1


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Human Geography


Formal Region

Functional Region

Perceptual Region

Global Positioning System (GPS)

Geographic Information System (GIS)


Environmental Determinism

Cultural Ecology


Spatial Diffusion

Spatial Interaction

Nature-Culture Dualism

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a receiver that gets a signal from satellites and tells your exact location

the connections and relations that develop among places and regions as a result of the movement or flow of people, goods, or information

focuses on social dynamics (e.g. economic development, language diffusion, ethnic identity)

the view that people use their creativity to decide how to respond to the conditions or constraints of a particular natural environment

on a map; possesses one or more unifying physical or cultural traits

the position that natural factors control the development of human physiological and mental qualities

places that share common characteristics

the greater interconnectedness and interdependence of people and is propelled by spatial interaction

computer software that helps geographers gather information about places

the movement of a phenomenon, such as an innovation, information, or an epidemic, across space and over time

a conceptual framework that separates nature from culture (nature is not culture, and vice versa) and is rejected by many scholars today

area undefined by a specific economic, political, physical, or social activity; has a node or central place

An area derived from people's sense of identity and attachment to different areas

an important subfield within human geography that studies the relationship between people and the natural environment