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Title: Texas Geography


1
Texas Geography
  • Understanding the physical and human
    characteristics of our state

2
6 Geographical Questions
  • Location
  • Place
  • Regions
  • Human-Environment Interaction
  • Human Systems
  • Physical Systems

3
Location Where is it?
  • Absolute Location The exact location of a place
    on the earths surface
  • Relative Location The location of a place in
    relation to other places
  • The Absolute location and Relative location of
    Texas affect it in many ways How has Texas
    relative location to Mexico affected it?

4
Latitude and Longitude
Longitude
Latitude
5
Using Latitude and Longitude
  • The Absolute Location of a place is given using
    latitude and longitude coordinates
  • Coordinates are written using a numerical
    measurement and a directional label.
  • Latitude is given first followed by longitude
  • (29 N, 95 W) is the approximate location of
    Kingwood on the earths surface

6
Place What is it like?
  • Place refers to the physical and human
    characteristics of a location
  • Physical Characteristics include
  • Landforms, Climate, plants, animals
  • Human Characteristics include
  • Language, Religion, Architecture, Music,
    Politics, ways of life

7
Physical Characteristics
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Human Characteristics
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Regions How does it compare to other places?
  • Geographers divide areas into regions in order to
    better study them.
  • Regions are places that are united based on
    common characteristics
  • Regions can be based on physical, human, business
    and other characteristics

12
Natural Regions of Texas
13
Human-Environment Interaction
  • How do humans react to their environment and
    how does it affect them?
  • Ex Pollution
  • Deforestation
  • Hurricanes/Tornadoes
  • Farming
  • Damming Rivers to make lakes

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Human Systems
  • Movement - How people move through the
    environment
  • Cultural Diffusion - new ideas brought by
    migrating people become widely accepted.
  • People bring ideas and goods with them when they
    move from one place to another.

16
Movement in Texas
17
Why Geography?
  • Geography prepares us for modern life
  • People, businesses, governments depend on
    geography everyday to meet their needs
  • Computer software such as GIS and GPS use
    geography to help people

18
Sizing Up Texas
  • Second largest US State
  • The area of Texas is 267,277 square miles
  • Some parts of Texas are closer to the capitals of
    other states than to Austin.

19
Sizing Up Texas
  • Texas is the combined size of
  • New York Pennsylvania
  • Ohio Illinois
  • Connecticut Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts Vermont
  • New Hampshire New Jersey
  • Maine

20
Sizing Up Texas
  • El Paso, Texas is closer to the Pacific Ocean
    than to Houston.
  • Some students in Texas live 4 hrs from the
    nearest school
  • How could these geographic facts affect Texas?
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