Human-Environment Interaction. Human-Environment Interaction: The study of the interrelationship between people and their physical environment. Why study Human-Environment Interaction?.
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By understanding how the Earth’s physical features and processes shape and are shaped by human activity, geographers help societies make informed decisions.
1. How Does the EnvironmentInfluence Human Behavior?
2. How Do Humans Influence Their Environment?
Built in 1979
Decreased soil fertility
Located in Central Asia
Between the countries of Uzbekistan
Formerly USSR: Diverted water to grow cotton/rice on nearby farms.
Water for irrigation and poisonous runoff from the fields have caused the sea to shrink and increased desertification.
Through SW U.S. and NW Mexico
Source – Rocky Mtns.
Mouth – Gulf of California
Water diverted to the Imperial Valley for farming and growing population
No longer reaches the Gulf of California
Located in Northern Europe
Most of the country is below sea level.
Sea walls/dunes protect it from the sea.
Areas of Deforestation
Brazil – SA
Nepal – Asia
Malaysia - Asia
Contain more than ½ the world's 10 million species of plants, animals and insects
One-fifth of the world's fresh water
20 percent of the world’s oxygen
Now cover 6%
1-1/2 acres lost every minute
Spread of desert-like conditions
Greatest Areas of Impact:
Africa – Sahara Desert
Asia – Gobi Desert
SW United States
Poor Farming Techniques
Natural Climate Patterns
Given the causes, where might you find acid rain the most?
Developed Countries: US, Europe, China
Mexico City reports unhealthy ozone emissions nearly 85% of the year. Mexico's geographical location--in the center of a volcanic crater and surrounded by mountains-- locks in the air pollution, causing smog to sit above the city.
Chernobyl, Ukraine - Chernobyl is now infamous for the 1986 nuclear disaster that killed 30 people, forced 35,000 to evacuate their homes, and left a 19-mile radius around the plant that is still uninhabitable to this day.