World Geography Chapter One. What is Geography?. Geography vs. H istorians . Geography is the study of the distribution and interaction of physical and human features on earth. Historians look at events over time
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Region is an area of the earth’s surface with similar characteristics.
They usually have more than one characteristic that unifies them.
These may include physical, political, economic, or cultural characteristics.
Geographers categorize regions in three ways: formal, functional, and perceptual regions.
Formal regions are defined by a limited number of related characteristics. Examples are the United States and Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa, etc.
Functional regions is organized around a set of interactions and connections between places. Examples are city and its suburbs. Functional regions deal with movement back and forth: trains, subways, bus lines, etc.
Perceptual regions is a region in which people perceive, or see, the characteristics of the region in the same way. Examples: Midwest, South, North, etc.