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background image Two main things to consider when determining geographical 
boundaries: 
Physical: location, climate type, and terrain Human factor: cultural traditions, ethnicities, language, religion, economics, and 
politics
The environment and human activity: Climate and human habitation have a direct correlation with one another. The easier
it is to access water, the more populated an area will be. Same thing with climate, 
the more moderate the climate, the more people will be in a given area.
Climate is probably the most important factor. Without rain/water source, crops 
can’t grow, livestock can’t stay hydrated, and urban communities cannot function. 
Types of climates:  Type A: tropical or equatorial, wet and humid climates  Type B: dry or arid, normally desert climates Type C: moderate temperatures, normally more densely populated Type D: cold or continental  Type E: polar extreme climates Rain shadow effect:  Normally seen in mountainous areas. One side of the mountain (windward) gets all 
of the rain/energy of the weather surge and when the surge reaches the top of the 
mountain, it starts to dissipate. Then once it hits the leeward side of the mountain, 
it dries out. Therefore, the windward side gets all of the moisture and the leeward is 
left dry. 
Deforestation:  Once the trees are gone, the soil starts to erode, and the roots that once held the 
ground together are gone which causes the ground to break loose, and that is where
we get landslides.
The water cycle also gets messed up due to the trees being cut down, because 
trees pull water up and out of the ground and the canopies disperse water to the 
plant life below. 
Tectonic plates:  The world is made up of 12 tectonic plates. They are most violent in the subduction 
zone, which is the area where earthquakes are made. There is an average of 10,000
deaths per year due to earthquakes. Earthquake size is determined by the 10-point 
Richter Scale. There is yet to be an earthquake that comes out as a 10, but 
seismologists predict there could be one in our wake. 

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School: University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Department: Geography
Course: World Geography
Term: Spring 2019
Tags: #worldgeography
Name: Geography 101
Description: These notes cover the basics of what makes and determines geographic locations and separations. List of what is covered: tectonic plates, ethnicity and culture, languages of the world, religions, physical and human factors, environment and human activity, weather types, rain shadow effect, and deforestation.
Uploaded: 01/20/2019
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School: University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Department: Geography
Course: World Geography
Term: Spring 2019
Tags: #worldgeography
Name: Geography 101
Description: These notes cover the basics of what makes and determines geographic locations and separations. List of what is covered: tectonic plates, ethnicity and culture, languages of the world, religions, physical and human factors, environment and human activity, weather types, rain shadow effect, and deforestation.
Uploaded: 01/20/2019