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Five Themes of Geography: Place

Knowing Place


Tibetan antelope head & skulls {Pantholops hodgsonii}, in Uygur, China  These antelopes were hunted for their shatoosh fur.

TIBETAN ANTELOPE . Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 10 Aug 2012.

What is "Place"?

PLACE answers the question “What is this place like?”  

There are two characteristics used to describe a place.

Geography emphasizes the understanding of both of these factors and their integration together.

  • Physical Characteristics - climate, landforms, bodies of water, natural vegetation, animals, and soils.
  • Human Characteristics - ethnic groups, languages, religions, cultural characteristics, holidays and festivals, migrations, landmarks, and settlement patterns.

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