Mr. Womack Geography Theme 1: Location The question where is it refers to location. Absolute location refers to the exact place on earth that a geographic feature, such as a city, is found. Relative location describes a place in comparison to other places around it. What is the absolute and relative location of T.H. Bell Jr. High? Home of the Mighty Minutemen! How do we know location? Earth is divided into two equal halves. These divisions are called hemispheres. The Northern and Southern hemispheres are divided at the equator. The Eastern and Western hemispheres are divided at the Prime Meridian. Latitude and Longitude To locate places north or south we use a set of imaginary lines that run parallel to the equator. These lines are called latitude. The equator is the zero-degree line for latitude. We also use a set of lines that run east and west and go up over the poles. These lines are called longitude lines. The Prime Meridian is the zero-degree line for longitude. Relative Location Take a minute and talk to your neighbor. Tell them where your house is without using your address. Start by telling them what town you live in, and find out what they are familiar with in the town. Then, describe how to get to your house from there. Theme 2: Place The question, “What is it like?” refers to the physical description of a place. This would include prominent features of the area such as: -mountains –large buildings, -lakes or rivers -broader description would include regions. Theme 3: Region The question of “How are places similar or different?” refers to region. In making regions areas are unified by characteristics such as: physical, political, economic and cultural traits that are shared. Formal regions of the world would include: -The United States and Canada -Latin America Theme: Region Europe Russia and the Republics Africa Southwest Asia South Asia East Asia Southeast Asia, Oceania, Antarctica Theme 4: Human-Environment Interaction How do people relate to their physical world? I will put some names of places you are familiar with. Write down the first thing that comes to your mind. Pine View Reservoir Downtown Ogden Washington Terrace Riverdale Salt Lake City Great Salt Lake Theme 5: Movement How do people, goods, and ideas move from one location to another? Linear distance is how far across the earth a person, idea, or product travels. Ex. Of barriers would be water and mountains. Time distance is the amount of time it takes for a person, idea, or a product to travel. Ex. How many minutes does it take to get to school? Theme: Movement Psychological distance: This is the way that people view distance. Does somewhere you often go to seem to take less time to get to now, then when you were younger?