The Five Themes of Geography
By Isabel Marsigli
There are five main themes in geography:
Location Place Region
Movement Human-Environment Interaction
Each theme has a different definition, or purpose.
Location - Where a specific city, state, country, or region can be found in this world.
Place - The ways in which we describe cultural or physical characteristics of specific cities, states, countries, or regions of the world.
Region - a group of locations that share similar characteristics
Movement - the way goods, ideas, and people travel from place to place
Human-Environment Interaction - the way Earth appears as a result of how humans have changed it
Location is a particular place or position, and it could be anywhere. For example, where you live is a location, and so is the state your cousin lives in! A location is basically where anything can be found in this world.
Place is just another word for spot, site, or even region. Place is the ways we describe cultural or physical characteristics of a location. As shown above, the Eiffel Tower is placed, or located, in an area of France.
A region is a group of locations that have similar, or some of the same characteristics as each other. This picture up above shows the regions of the United States, dividing them into different categories by shades of color.
Movement is basically the movement of ideas, goods, or even people travel from place to place. Ever been on a train, plane, or any form of transportation? That is movement as well as ideas and goods being moved from place to place.
When there is human-environment interaction in a place or location, it means that somehow, humans like you have affected the environment. That could mean that someone has built something in that environment, as it may have just been some grass and trees before they constructed on it.