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Farmer spraying rice crops for harvest at the Dragons Backbone rice terraces, Longsheng, Guangxi Province, China, Asia

A farmer sprays rice crops for harvest at the Dragons Backbone rice terraces, Longsheng, Guangxi Province, China.

Farmer Spraying Rice Crops For Harvest At The Dragons Backbone Rice Terraces, Longsheng, Guangxi Province, China, Asia. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 11 Aug 2012.

What is "Human Environment Interaction"?

Human Environment Interaction (HEI) answers the question "How do people depend upon, adapt to, and modify their environment?

People
  • depend on the environment to meet basic needs such as water, food, shelter and other resources. 
  • adapt to their environments in the way they dress and the type of buildings they construct.
  • modify their environment by changing it by building roads, dams, skyscrapers as well as clearing land for different uses.

The earth's landscape is no longer just a physical feature.

As a result, HEI can have positive and negative effects in shaping the landscape.

Humans influence the geography of places through their impact--positively and negatively--on their local environment.

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