Position on the earth’s surface.

There are two types of location:

  1. Absolute Location – a specific (exact) reference of something

Examples: address, latitude and longitude, etc.

  1. Relative Location – description of where something is in relation to other things; approximation

Examples: north of the lake, next to the school, etc.


Physical and human characteristics that give a place its unique image.

Examples: the Niagara Escarpment, ethnic make up, population density, etc.

Questions: What is it like there?


The ways and means by which people change the environment and how they (the people) are modified by the environment.

Examples: where we live, what we eat, deforestation, urban sprawl, etc.

Questions: How do humans use the land?  How does the environment affect us?


The movement of people (migration), goods (transportation), and ideas (communication).

Examples: radio, moving to a new house/country, food coming from other countries, etc.


Characteristics of place that has similar features over a large region (soils, vegetation, landforms, land uses) that make them distinctly different form surrounding areas.

Examples: Prairies, Boreal Shield, “Southern Ontario”, or it may also be defined by a political boundary.

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William completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in 2013. He current serves as a lecturer, tutor and freelance writer. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking his dog and parasailing. Article last reviewed: 2022 | St. Rosemary Institution © 2010-2024 | Creative Commons 4.0

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