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Location

Geography Themes:

Location

  • Every point on Earth has a specific location that is determined by an imaginary grid of lines denoting latitude and longitude. Parallels of latitude measure distances north and south of the line called the Equator. Meridians of longitude measure distances east and west of the line called the Prime Meridian. Geographers use latitude and longitude to pinpoint a place's absolute, or exact, location.
  • To know the absolute location of a place is only part of the story. It is also important to know how that place is related to other places—in other words, to know that place's relative location. Relative location deals with the interaction that occurs between and among places. It refers to the many ways—by land, by water, even by technology—that places are connected.
  • There are some fun things you can do to help you learn what location is all about...
    • Literature around the world. Identify on a world map the locations of some of your favorite books and book characters. Among the characters that might be included are Paddington Bear ( Peru), Heidi ( Switzerland), Ferdinand the Bull ( Spain), Strega Nona ( Italy), Red Riding Hood (Germany), Madeline ( France), and Ping ( China).
    • Design a country. Dream up your own countries and create maps of those countries. The maps should show natural (rivers, mountains) and human-made (highways, major cities) features. Name your countries; decide which products will provide the economic basis of your countries, etc.
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