Place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability and change.
Students explain the spatial variation and characteristics of natural environments and the interconnections between people, places and environments.
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- Anthropogenic Biomes Anthropogenic biomes are defined by the interaction between people and the land surface. The two key characteristics of anthropogenic biomes are (1) population density and (2) how people utilize the land, i.e. land use.
- Biomes A biome is a geographical area that is very large in size. Each of these geographical areas has certain groups of animals and plants that are present within it. They are able to thrive there due to their ability to adapt in that particular type of environment. The changes in a region such as the climate and the geographic layout affect which biomes are found where in the world. The classifications are plentiful to help break them down.
- Distribution Natural arrangement of items in a particular place, for example, distribution of population in a country, distribution of forests across the world.
- Economic Factors Economic factors may include costs such as wages, interest rates, governmental activity, laws, policies, tax rates, and unemployment. All of these factors occur outside of the business or investment itself, but they heavily influence the value of the investment in the future.
- Environment The significance of the environment in human life, and the important interrelationships between humans and the environment (ie. natural and human features of a place; daily and seasonal weather patterns of places).
- Environmental Factors An identifiable element in the physical, cultural, demographic, economic, political, regulatory, or technological environment that affects the survival, operations, and growth of an organisation.
- Interconnection No object of geographical study can be viewed in isolation (ie. local and global links people have with places and the special connection Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples maintain with Country/Place).
- Land Cover Change Human land use, and its influence on land cover, is a major driver of the distribution and functioning of ecosystems, and thus in the delivery of ecosystem services. Our need for space, whether it is to produce food, to live, to recreate, to work or to provide energy all compete for land as a resource. Land use is also the prime cause of the loss or fragmentation of natural habitats and their species. The landscape to a large extent reflects the choices that we make when using land and sea.
- Land Degradation Land degradation is caused by multiple forces, including extreme weather conditions particularly drought, and human activities that pollute or degrade the quality of soils and land utility negatively affecting food production, livelihoods, and the production and provision of other ecosystem goods and services.
- Place The significance of places and what they are like (ie. location and features of local places and other places in the world).
- Scale The way that geographical phenomena and problems can be examined at different spatial levels (ie. various scales by which places can be defined such as local suburbs, towns and large cities).
- Space The significance of location and spatial distribution, and ways people organise and manage the spaces that we live in I(ie. where activities are located and how spaces can be organised).
- Technological Factors Technology is a broad term that refers to the means by which we can adapt to our environment, control our environment, and even change it. You can break technology down into two broad categories: products and processes. Technological products are meant for consumer consumption, while technological processes are a means to make and improve products and services. S. G. (n.d.). Technological Factors in Business: Definition & Concept - Video & Lesson Transcript. Retrieved April 07, 2017, from http://study.com/academy/lesson/technological-factors-in-business-definition-lesson-quiz.html
Introduction to Biomes
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A biome is an area of the planet that can be classified according to the plants and animals that live in it. Temperature, soil, and the amount of light and water help determine what life exists in a biome.
The World's biomes
Biomes are defined as "the world's major communities, classified according to the predominant vegetation and characterized by adaptations of organisms to that particular environment" (Campbell).
"Human Landscapes" are areas of Earth's terrestrial surface where direct human alteration of ecological patterns and processes is significant, ongoing, and directed toward servicing the needs of human populations for food, shelter and other resources and services including recreation and aesthetic needs. Anthropogenic Biomes ("Anthromes"), describe the globally-significant types of anthropogenic landscapes.