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Define density

The frequency with which something occurs in space

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Define a formal (or uniform) region and give examples

An area within which everyone has at least one or more distinctive characteristics in common that are universally recognized. Ex: The US, Canada, Tennessee, etc

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Define a functional (nodal) region and give examples

An area organized around a node or focal point. Ex: TV broadcast area, train stations, airport, etc

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Define a vernacular (or perceptual) region and give examples

A place people believe exists as a part of their cultural identity that is not universally agreed upon. Ex: The South, the Rust Belt, the Sun Belt, etc

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Define site

The physical characteristic of a place

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Define situation

The location of a place relative to other places

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Define concentration

The extent of a feature's spread over an area

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Define a chloropleth map

A map that shows you by county where something is

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What is a proportional map

Big and little dots

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What's an isoline map?

Lines

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Define GIS (Global Information System)

A computer system that captures, stores, queries, analyzes, and displays geographic data. It's used to make maps.

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Define GPS (Global positioning system)

A system that accurately determines the precise position of something on earth

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Define physiological density

The number of people per unit of area suitable for agriculture

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Define projection

The scientific method of transferring locations on Earth's surface to a flat map

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Define stimulus diffusion

The spread of an underlying principle even though the characteristic itself apparently fails to diffuse

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Define scale

The relationship between the portion of the Earth being studied and the earth as a whole

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If something a map has a large scale, is it more zoomed in or out?

It's more zoomed in

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Define agricultural density

The ratio of the number of farmers to the total amount of land suitable for agriculture

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Define arithmetic density

The total number of people divided by the total land area

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What are the pros and cons of the Robinson map?

It's good for everyday use, however it distorts land masses.

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What are the pros and cons of the Mercator map?

It's good for navigation, however the landmasses at the poles look larger than they really are

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What is Goode's projection map also called and why is it used a lot?

It's also called the "Orange peel map". It's good because there's not much distortion

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Define demography

The scientific study of population characteristics

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Define ecumene

The portion of earth's surface occupied by permanent human settlement

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What are the theories of Thomas Malthus? (And when did he make them?)

He argued that the rate of the world's population increase is outrunning the development of food supplies. However, he made these conclusions while England was still in stage 2 of the DTM and growing rapidly

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What do Neo-Malthusians believe?

They think that world population growth (today) is outstripping a wide variety of resources, not just food production.

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What do Anti-Malthusians believe?

Malthus's critics come from a wide variety of perspectives. However, they all consider Malthus's beliefs unrealistic because Malthus considers our amount of resources to be fixed, not expanding. Larger population = More production of food

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Define a guest worker

A term once used for a worker who migrated to developed countries in search of a higher-paying job

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Define interregional migration

Permanent migration from one region of the country to another

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Define intraregional migration

Permanent migration within one region of a country