Geography- Themes in Geographic Inquiry
Theme One: Place/Location
1. What is the difference between absolute and relative location?
ABSOLUTE- exact location or "SITE" (eg. address, latitude/longitude)
RELATIVE- where something is located using another reference point (eg. My house is 2 km southeast of Annandale
School), also known as "SITUATION"
2. Name the six natural disasters we studied in class and where they are common.
EARTHQUAKE/VOLCANO- These occur on fault lines (where two of the earth's plates meet and can crash together). California,
BC and Japan are on fault lines, therefore they get more frequent and intense earthquakes than other placed that are further
from fault lines.
TSUNAMI- these are tidal waves usually caused by earthquakes or other large disturbances from the earth's core.
These happen mostly on fault lines, often in the islands of the South Pacific.
HURRICANE- These are most frequent in tropical zone, often islands or coastal regions close to the ocean.
(eg. Caribbean, Florida etc.)
TORNADO- These occur frequently in an area known as "Tornado Alley" which is in the interior plains of the USA
(think Kansas and the Wizard of Oz!!). These places can get several hundreds of tornados per year- sometimes with handfuls
of funnel clouds spotted in a region on the same day!
FLOODS- these happen mostly in low lying areas where water from rain has no place to drain. Floods are caused
by heavy rains and other natural environmental disturbances.
3. How do you think that the Olympic committee uses Geography to decide where to hold the Summer and Winter
- suitable climate
- adequate space to provide shelter and tranportation for millions of visitors.
- a transportation system to handle the influx of people.
- low crime rates
- $$$$ to build venues and pay for promotion
- Adequate landscape for holding each event. (eg. need hills for downhill skiing!)
- tolerance of the citizens of other cultures/countries/languages
- political stability (ie. country is not at war or have enemies that would make it a target for terrorism)
Can you think of any others?? :-)
THEME 2: Region
"REGION" is defined as "a part of the earth's surface that has similar physical and/or human characteristics and differs
from other regions around it".
How would you describe your own "personal region"? (ie. the neighborhood in which you live and spend time)
HOMEWORK is to draw a fully labelled map of your
"personal region" or neighbourhood. Make sure to include Annandale, your house and some other areas of Tillsonburg that
you frequent (eg. Tillsonburg Town Centre, Norfolk mall, Community Centre etc.)