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Human Environmental Interaction . Focuses on understanding the processes and patterns associated with Humans and the Environment interacting upon each other. Human - Cultural Characteristics. Technological Level Organizational level Political ideology Religious ideology Popular culture

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Human Environmental Interaction

Focuses on understanding the processes and patterns associated with Humans and the Environment interacting upon each other.


Human - Cultural Characteristics

  • Technological Level

  • Organizational level

  • Political ideology

  • Religious ideology

  • Popular culture

  • Folkways

  • Linguistic traditions

  • Food-ways

  • Clothing traditions

  • Personal hygiene

  • Others


Environmental Characteristics

  • Elevation

  • Amount of sunshine

  • Temperature

  • Precipitation

  • Latitude: Seasons

  • Wind

  • Soils

  • Drainage & Drainage features (Rivers)

  • Slope

  • Vegetation

  • Rocks and Minerals

  • Other


Questions

  • Will different religious groups interact with similar environments in the same way?

  • Will groups with different technological levels interact with the same environment in the same way?

  • What will happen when a human group enters a new environment?

    • What impacts might this new environment have upon the group’s culture?

    • What impacts might this group’s culture have upon the environment?


The U.S.: Culture Impacting The Environment

  • Mechanistic vs. Organic

    • Mechanistic: Humans are over the Earth

      • A willingness to modify the Earth

    • Organic: Humans are part of the Earth

      • Less willing to modify the Earth

  • The United States: A mechanistic society

    • Bureau of Reclamation: Damming Rivers and Irrigating the Desert

    • Removal of forests for agriculture

    • Draining of swamps

    • Building levees

    • Creation of artificial environments


U.S.: Environmental Impacts on Culture

  • The Eastern Woodsmen entered the Plains and tried to grow Humid Crops

    • Massive failures in the 1800

    • The Mennonites farmers introduced hard winter wheat and the Eastern Woodsmen changed their crop patterns

  • Growing of Blue Grass in Hays

    • Blue grass takes large amounts of water

    • Shortage of water in the 1980’s forced the reduction of Bluegrass yards

    • Today Buffalo or Fescue the primary preference for grasses


U.S. Questions

  • Will global warming change Americans’ habits about the uses of cars?

  • Will global warming change Americans’ habits about the size of their homes?

  • Will the end of abundant low cost energy change the spatial aspects of cities?


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