AP Human Geography Unit 1 Vocabulary

AccessibilityDefinition: The ability to reach a place with respect to another place.
Example: I prefer to go to the suburban mall because it has much better accessibility than the downtown mall.
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AgglomeratedDefinition: An extended town area consisting of the built-up area of a central place and any suburbs linked by continuous urban area.
Example: The “Denver Metro Area” is an agglomeration of Denver and its surrounding suburban towns.
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Built LandscapeDefinition: Represented by those features and patterns reflecting human occupation and use of natural resources.
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Example: North Hills mall would be an example of a built landscape.
ConnectivityDefinition: A topological property relating to how geographical features are attached to one another functionally, spatially, or logically.
Example: In an water distribution system, connectivity would refer to the way pipes, valves, and reservoirs are attached, implying that water could be “traced” from its source in the network, from connection to connection, to any given final point. Functional, spatial, and logical connectivity are examples of relationships that can be represented and analyzed in a GIS database.
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Contagious DiffusionDefinition: Contagious diffusion is the rapid, widespread diffusion of a characteristic throughout the population.
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Example: Hinduism started in Northern India and spread through the entire Indian subcontinent absorbing other beliefs and practices as it spread. Hindu Missionaries carried the faith oversees.
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Cultural ecologyDefinition: He study of human adaptations to social and physical environments.
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Example: Mangroves influence the lifestyles of many southeast Asian communities. Mangroves provide unique housing material for people, support fish populations (and fishing), promote ecotourism, and help to lessen the impact of flooding for the coastal communities… but there are also challenges for people living in mangrove ecosystems (salty water, flooding, removal of mangroves, the smell of mangroves, etc.). A cultural ecologist would study how people living near mangroves are affected by these ecosystems, and how they use and change them.
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Culture LandscapeDefinition: A geographic area,including both cultural and natural resources and the wildlife or domestic animals therein, associated with a historic event, activity, or person or exhibiting other cultural or aesthetic values.
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Example: One of the most dramatic examples of a cultural landscape within State Parks is found at Bodie State Historic Park. The wide range of historic properties located within its boundaries portray western mining history of the late 1800s and early 1900s. At the core of the landscape is the town site itself, now only a relatively small collection of vernacular buildings and structures preserved in a state of “arrested decay.” But the town tells only a part of the story. It is in the surrounding high-desert terrain where we find the physical remains of nearly 100 years of mining extraction and processing and processing activities- mineshafts, road traces, mill sites, tunnels, tailings ponds and artifact scattered.
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CultureDefinition: The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.
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Example: African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Hispanic and Latino Americans
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Culture ComplexDefinition: A group of culture traits all interrelated and dominated by one essential trait.
Example: Nationalism is a culture complex.
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Culture TraitDefinition: Any trait of human activity acquired in social life and transmitted by communication.
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Example: There are seven primary culture traits: learned behaviors, transmission of information, symbolism, flexibility, integration, ethnocentrism and adaptation.
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DirectionAbsolute Definition: Based on north, south, east, west
Relative Definition: culturally based and locationally variable. ex) “out west”, “back east”, “near east”
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Example: Maps can show different directions for different places on the earth.
DistanceAbsolute Definition: The total space between two things or places, usually measured in feet, yards, miles or even city blocks.
Relative Definition: In geography, when measured in a standard unit of length, this is referred to as absolute distance.
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Example: You can find the distance from my state to a different state using a map or a different contemporary tool.
Distance DecayDefinition: Describes the effect of distance on cultural or spatial interactions. The distance decay effect states that the interaction between two locales declines as the distance between them increases.
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Example: A good example of distance decay is rent.
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DistributionDefinition: The natural arrangement and apportionment of the various forms of animals and plants in the different regions and localities of the earth.
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Example: Lions are only found in Africa and the closely related tigers are distributed in Asia.
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EndemicDefinition: A disease that occurs regularly in a particular area.
Example: Malaria occurs regularly in many tropical countries, is said to be endemic.
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Environmental DeterminismDefinition: The study of how the physical environment predisposes societies and states towards particular development trajectories.
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Example: Environmental determinism would go with the latter when faced with this scenario. The reason is that environmental determinism, also known as climatic determinism or geographical determinism, is the belief that a physical environment affects social and cultural development.
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EpidemicDefinition: A widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.
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Example: The Black Plague
Expansion DiffusionDefinition: Idea or innovation spreads outward from the hearth.
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Formal/Uniform RegionsDefinition: An area in which everyone shares in one or more distinctive characteristics.
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Friction of DistanceDefinition: The concept of friction of distance is based on the notion that distance usually requires some amount of effort (energy) and/or money to overcome.
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Functional/Nodal RegionsDefinition: An area organized around a node, or focal point, and is defined by interactions or connections.
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GlobalizationDefinition: A process of interaction and integration among the people, companies, and governments of different nations, a process driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology.
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Hearth (culture, language, religion, ag, etc)Definition: any place where certain related changes in land-use appeared due to human domestication of plants and animals.
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Hierarchical DiffusionDefinition: The spread of an idea from persons or nodes of authority or power to other persons or place.
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Independent InventionDefinition: A trait with many hearths that developed independent of each other.
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Location (Absolute, Relative)Absolute Definition: A place’s exact spot on a map.
Relative Definition: An estimate of where a place is in relation to other landmarks.
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Location TheoryDefinition: Addresses questions of what economic activities are located where and why.
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PandemicDefinition: An epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or even worldwide.
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Perceptual/Vernacular RegionsDefinition: An area defined by subjective perceptions that reflect the feelings & images about key place characteristics. When these perceptions come from the local, ordinary folk, a perceptual region can be called a vernacular region.”
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Political EcologyDefinition: The study of the relationships between political, economic and social factors with environmental issues and changes.
Information found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_ecology
PossibilismDefinition: The theory that the environment sets certain constraints or limitations, but culture is otherwise determined by social conditions.
Information found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Possibilism_(geography)
Relocation DiffusionDefinition: The spread of an idea through physical movement of people from one place to another.
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ScaleDefinition: The ratio of a distance on the map to the corresponding distance on the ground.
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Sequent OccupanceDefinition: Notion that successful societies leave their cultural imprints on a place each contributing to the cumulative cultural landscape.
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SiteDefinition: The land upon which something is built.
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SituationDefinition: The location of something in relation to surrounding human and physical features.
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SpatialDefinition: It estimate the flow of people, material, or information between locations in geographic space.
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Stimulus DiffusionDefinition: The spread of an underlying principle, even though a characteristic itself apparently fails to diffuse. Also, an idea or innovation sparked by an idea that diffused in from another culture.
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Time-Distance DecayDefinition: Describes the effect of distance on cultural or spatial interactions.
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Time-Space CompressionDefinition: Any phenomenon that alters the qualities of and relationship between space and time.
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Geographic Information System (GIS)Definition: A system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data.
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Global Positioning System (GPS)Definition: A global navigation satellite system (GNSS) that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites.
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Remote SensingDefinition: The art and science of making measurements of the earth using sensors on airplanes or satellites.
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Thematic MapsDefinition: A type of map especially designed to show a particular theme connected with a specific geographic area. Information found at:
Statistical MapsDefinition: A special type of map in which the variation in quantity of a factor such as rainfall, population, or crops in a geographic area is indicated; such as a dot map
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CartogramDefinition: A map that has been simplified to present a single idea ina diagrammatic way: the base is not normally true to scale.
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Dot MapsDefinition: A thematic map in which a dot represents some frequency of the mapped variable.
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Choropleth MapsDefinition: A thematic map in which ranked classes of some variable are depicted with shading patterns or colors for predefined zones.
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Isoline MapsDefinition: A thematic map with lines that connect points of equal value.
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Mental MapsDefinition: An internal representation of a portion of Earth’s surface; depicting what an individual knows about a place — containing personal impressions of what is in a place and where a place is located.
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DistortionDefinition: On a map or image, the misrepresentation of shape, area, distance, or direction of or between geographic features when compared to their true measurements on the curved surface of the earth.
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Robinson ProjectionsDefinition: A map projection of a world map which shows the entire world at once.
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Mercator ProjectionsDefinition: A cylindrical map projection presented by the Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator in 1569.
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Azimuthal ProjectionDefinition: A map projection in which a region of the earth is projected onto a plane tangential to the surface, typically at a pole or the equator.
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Polar ProjectionDefinition: An azimuthal projection drawn to show Arctic and Antarctic areas. It is based on a plane perpendicular to the Earth’s axis in contact with the North or South Pole. It is limited to 10 or 15 degrees from the poles.
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