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

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

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

      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?

      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?

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    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.

    distribution Noun

    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.

    geography Noun

    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.

    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.