AP Human Geography Chapter 1: Key Issue 2 Vocab

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Place
A specific point on Earth distinguished by a particular characteristic.
Location
The position of anything on Earth’s surface.
Site
The physical character of a place.
Situation
The location of a place relative to another place.
Region
An area distinguished by a unique combination of trends or features.
Cultural landscape
The fashioning of a natural landscape by a cultural group.
Regional (or cultural landscape) studies
An approach to geography that emphasizes the relationships among social and physical phenomena in a particular study.
Formal region (or uniform or homogeneous region)
An area in which everyone shares in common one or more distinctive characteristics.
Functional region (or nodal region)
An area organized around a node or focal point.
Vernacular region (or perceptual region)
An area that people believe exists as part of their cultural identity.
Mental map
A representation of a portion of Earth’s surface based on what an individual knows about a place, containing personal impressions of what is in the place and where the place is located.
Culture
The body of customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits that together constitute a group’s distinct tradition.
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