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Five Themes of Geography. 5 Themes of Geography. “PLIRM”. Plirm is a mnemonic device that can be used to help remember the 5 Themes of Geography. Each letter of the word “ plirm ” (rhymes with “worm”) is one of the five themes: P lace L ocation I nteraction (Human-Environment) R egion

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“PLIRM”

Plirm is a mnemonic device that can be used to help remember the 5 Themes of Geography. Each letter of the word “plirm” (rhymes with “worm”) is one of the five themes:

  • Place
  • Location
  • Interaction (Human-Environment)
  • Region
  • Movement
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PLACE:

Human Characteristics of a Place:

People change the environment by building roads, building dams, etc.

Physical Characteristics of a Place:

Landforms, bodies of water,

climate, plant and animal life are

some of the physical features of a

place.

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LOCATION

Absolute Location: EXACT

Latitude and Longitude

Brasilia – the capital of Brazil

16˚S, 48˚W

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The latitude & longitude of

James R. Geisler Middle School:

42˚31’N, 83˚30’W

(absolute location)

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LOCATION

Relative Location:

Gives the location of a place relative to some known landmark. We find the location of a place by telling how far and in what direction it is from somewhere else.

Geisler Middle School is in Walled Lake.

It is on West Pontiac Trail just east of Beck Rd.

There is a McDonald’s and a CVS store on Beck Rd.

There are grey apts. across from the school.

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HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS

People change (modify) their surroundings by building cities, building dams, building reservoirs, etc.

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Human Characteristics of a Place:

People change the environment by building roads, building dams, etc.

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Aral Sea located in

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan; once

a part of the former Soviet Union.

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Physical Characteristics of a Place:

Landforms, bodies of water,

climate, plant and animal life are

some of the physical features of a

place.

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REGIONS

Regions vary according to the characteristics we use to identify them: climate, economic activities (farming & manufacturing), cultural traits (language, religion, and food), and political divisions

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Regions vary according to the characteristics we use to identify them: climate, economic activities (farming & manufacturing), cultural traits (language, religion, and food), and political divisions

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People, products, and ideas move from place to place by transportation and communication.

MOVEMENT

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LOCATION: Relative Location and Absolute Location

PLACE: Human Characteristics and Physical Characteristics

HUMAN-ENVIRONMENTAL INTERACTIONS:

Humans adapt to the environment

Humansmodify the environment

Humans depend on the environment

MOVEMENT: People Goods Ideas

REGIONS; Defined by government or administrative boundaries

(these regional boundaries are not open to dispute)

Physical regions (i.e. Rockies, Great Lake States, etc.)

Functional boundaries (e.g. a newspaper service area,

cable area, school district, etc.)

“Vernacular” defined by people. For example: the South,

the Middle East, the Rust Belt, the Orient, etc.

SUMMARY: