What are some terms used to describe geographic perspectives?
How might an economic geographer differ from an economist?
Although space and place are two similar geographical perspectives, how might you define one term from the other?
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?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry accessibility Noun
the ease with which a place or thing can be reached from other places.
to gather together in small groups based on certain characteristics.
link or relationship.
the way something is spread out over an area.
Encyclopedic Entry: distribution geographic perspective Noun
a way to understand a topic or area using spatial features and relationships.
study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.
Encyclopedic Entry: geography location Noun
position of a particular point on the surface of the Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: location pattern Noun
arrangement of people, places, or things across a specific space.
area having unique physical and human characteristics.
political scientist Noun
person who studies the structure and ideas of government.
natural or human actions that create and change the Earths features.