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Geography Handbook
Part 1:
Five Themes of Geography
1. What question does location answer?
Where Am I?
2. What is absolute location?
Your exact location (latitude and longitude).
3. What is relative location?
Your location in relation to another place.
4. Use the “North America Political Map” on page A26 and answer the following
a. Absolute location of Pittsburgh (PA):
40 N, 80 W
b. Absolute location of New Orleans (LA):
30 N, 90 W
c. Relative location the United States:
South of Canada, North of Mexico, East of the Pacific Ocean,
West of the Atlantic Ocean
d. Relative location of Houston (TX):
South of Dallas, West of New Orleans, Along the Gulf of Mexico
5. Regions allow geographers to do what?
Divide the World.
6. A region can be as large as…..
a. And as small as…
7. What ties a region together?
Shared (common) characteristics.
a. Give 3 examples of how a region might be tied together:
Political Divisions, Climate, Language or Religion.
8. Name 3 different regions.
Continents, Countries, States, Counties, Time Zones, Climate
Zones, ….
9. What question does place answer?
What is a PLACE like? (Describe the things you see and feel
while there).
10.When describing a place, you are referring to its
___ and ___ characteristics.
Physical and Human
a. Physical characteristics are:
Natural features of the land.
Give 3 Examples of physical characteristics:
Landscape, plants, animals and weather
b. Human characteristics explain what?
What the people (humans) are like.
Give 3 examples of human characteristics:
Language, art, architecture, clothing, language, religion
(things that are very specific to humans)
11. Movement is…
The shifting (movement) of people, goods and ideas/information
from one place to another.
a. What are two reason people are constantly moving?
Better places to live and to trade goods (improve life).
b. Movement allows what to be shared?
Ideas (not just things).
c. What affect has technology had on movement?
It has quickened the movement of ideas and goods.
12.What do we call the movement of people and goods (Not in the
13.What do we call the movement of ideas and information (Not in the
Human Environment Interaction
14.This theme refers to…
The ways people interact with their environment.
a. Give 3 examples of Human-Environment
Building a dam (or any structure), cutting down trees, sitting
in the sun, irrigating the land
Humans interact by finding ways to use, modify
or change the environment (land/climate)
around them.