1. What are some terms used to describe geographic perspectives?

    • Answer

      Distribution, place, processes, location, relationships, movement, clusters, accessibility, patterns, connections, change.

  2. How might an economic geographer differ from an economist?

    • Answer

      An economic geographer looks at economic issues while using the geographic perspective, and focusing on spatial issues such as location and distribution.

  3. Although space and place are two similar geographical perspectives, how might you define one term from the other?

    • Answer

      Space is where we live. It is tangible and can be occupied, such as a parking lot. On the other hand, place is also where we live, but it relates more to our own perception of space. Ever heard of sense of place or there is no place like home? Place is something we come to understand through our interactions with the landscape such as visiting a historical site.

Cognitive Mapping

Everyone has a different understanding of the world. When you think about a place, and see it in your mind's eye, you think of different features, and make different connections than other people would. This image is called a cognitive map. A cognitive map can either be in your brain, or it can be a representation, or drawing, of what you know about a place on paper, or a screen. Some people have much more detailed cognitive maps than others. Senator Al Frankin can draw the entire United States from memory. Can you?

accessibility
Noun

the ease with which a place or thing can be reached from other places.

cluster
Verb

to gather together in small groups based on certain characteristics.

connection
Noun

link or relationship.

Noun

the way something is spread out over an area.

geographic perspective
Noun

a way to understand a topic or area using spatial features and relationships.

Noun

study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.

Noun

position of a particular point on the surface of the Earth.

pattern
Noun

arrangement of people, places, or things across a specific space.

place
Noun

area having unique physical and human characteristics.

political scientist
Noun

person who studies the structure and ideas of government.

process
Noun

natural or human actions that create and change the Earths features.