The 5 Themes of Geography Location Place Region Human-Environment Interaction Movement Location Absolute Location • the exact place on the earth’s surface (Latitude and Longitude) Relative Location • where it is in relation to somewhere else “I live south of Taco Bell” Place A way to describe the location physical • (climate, landforms, and vegetation) cultural • (ethnicity, religion, language, buildings, highways, etc) Region An area of the earth’s surface that is defined by shared characteristics • (physical, climate, cultural, political, economic) Human-Environment Interaction How people • use, • change • and adapt to the environment Movement • Ideas, • people • and products move – how far and at what speed – how do different people perceive distance 2 main branches in Geography • 1. Human: the study of how people and their activities vary from place to place. Includes political, economic, and cultural factors. • 2. Physical: the study of how the earth’s natural features vary from place to place. Includes the study of plants and animals, weather and climates, and plains and mountains.