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Regions

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Regions

  • A basic unit of geographic study is the region. It is an area on the earth's surface that is defined by certain unifying characteristics.
  • The unifying characteristics may be physical, human, or cultural.
  • In addition to studying the unifying characteristics of a region, geographers study how a region changes over times. Using the theme of regions, geographers divide the world into manageable units for study.
  • Here are a few fun things to do to help you learn what regions are all about...
    • Time zones. While you are sound asleep tonight, children in some other parts of the world are sitting at their school desks. Why is that? How do time zones affect students' lives? How do time zones affect them as they fly from place to place? What time is it right now in other parts of the world? (For this activity, you might use the Internet resource World Time Zone Map.)
    • Explorers What if you were going on an expedition to visit all the regions of the earth... (grasslands, deserts, rain forests, mountains, polar regions). Can you list the items you would need to adapt to the environment when visiting the various regions. (Items might include food, clothing, insect repellent, ice ax, etc.) How many of the items would you have to buy? What kinds of items do people who live in rain forest regions have in common with people who live in mountainous regions? What items are unique to one region? What items are manufactured in your region? What items are imported? What items are absolutely essential?
    • Regions, Regions, Regions Using an almanac or atlas and an outline map of the United States, divide the United States into climatic regions. How do you think people from different climatic regions dress? What different foods do they eat? Name some overlapping characteristics among the regions. Now...can you do the same exercise for language regions in Europe?
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