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51 Cards in this Set

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absolute location
latitude & longitude coordinates
latitude lines
run east/west
parallel to the equator.
describes how far north something is.
degrees of longitude lines
0 degrees = equator
90 degrees = Poles
latitude lines
run north/south
they touch the poles
called meridians
Where is the Prime Meridian?
0 degrees
Where is the International Date Line?
(mostly) 180 degrees
What are degrees divided by?
60 minutes
(either long. or lat)
_ _ minutes=1 degree
60 minutes in 1 degree
_ _ seconds=1 minute
60 seconds in 1 minute
_ _minute of latitude= 1 nautical mile
1 minute of latitude= 1 nautical mile
_ _ degree of latitude=60 nautical miles
1 degree of latitude=60 nautical miles
What are circles determined by?
By the tilt of the axis of the Earth 23.5 degrees
what is the degree of the Tropic of Cancer?
what is the degree of the Tropic of Capricorn?
23.5 S
where are the 2 places the sun never rises or sets for at least 1 day a year?
Arctic Circle & Antarctic Circle
What is the degree of the Arctic Circle?
What is the degree of the Antarctic Circle?
66.5 S
What is "Great Circles"?
the place where the plane which is defined by any 2 points on the Earth and the center of the Earth intersects the surface of the Earth
True North refers to what?
North Pole (on the Earth's axis)
Magnetic North refers to what?
The Earth Magnetic north pole - in Greenland
(most compasses pt toward the magnetic north pole)
What is Magnetic Declination?
the difference between true N and magnetic N.
What are transition zones?
where realms meet
what are the 6 (4) elements of geography?
-places & regions
-physical systems
-human systems
-environment & society
What is "the rust belt?
In the North/East side of the country was called this b/c there was heavy industry there.
Functional region
A region marked less by its sameness than its dynamic internal structure; b/c it usually focuses on a central node.
Continental drift
The slow movement of continents controlled by the processes associated with plate tectonics.
Tectonic plate
Continents are 'rafts' of relatively light rock that rest on slabs of heavier rock.
Ice age
Lasts tens of millions of years chills the planet and causes massive ecological change.
repeated advances of continental ice sheets
The truly warm phases, when the ice recedes poleward & mountain glaciers melt away.
The process of desert expansion into neighboring steppelands as a result of human degradation of fragile semiarid environments
Population distribution
The way people have arranged themselves in geographic space.
The proportion of a country's population living in urban places is its level of urbanization.
The sum total of the knowledge, attitudes, and habitual behavior patterns shared and transmitted by the members of a society.
A politically organized territory that is administered by a sovereign government and is reorganized by a significant portion of the international community.
European State Model
A state consisting of a legally defined territory inhabited by a population governed from a capital city by a representative gov.
The economic, social, and institutional growth of national states.
Core Area
The largest population cluster, the the most productive region, and the part of the country with the greatest centrality and accessibility.
The contrasting spatial characteristics of, and likages between, the have (core) and have-not (periphery) components of a national or regional system.
A country whose population possesses a substantial degree of cultural homogeneity and unity
a term encompassing all the citizens of a state. a group of tightly-knit people possessing bonds of language, ethnicity, religion, & other shared cultural attributes
The long-term conditions of aggregate water over a region, summarized by averages and measures of variability.
Climatic region
Humid equatorial
Climatic region
No dry season
Climatic region
Climatic region
Dry Winter
Climatic region
Climatic region
Humid temperature
Climatic region
High cold
Climatic region
Polar cold
Climatic region