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Human Geography
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     challenging words:    cartogram, Cartograms, demographers, demographics, emigration, spatial, proportion, ownership, distribution, human-made, economics, immigration, gender, rates, cultural, negative
     content words:    World War II, United States, North America


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Human Geography
By Trista L. Pollard
  

1     Studying the Earth is a full-time science. Each day our planet changes in so many ways. Geographers need to monitor its physical and human features to keep up with these changes. Normally, Earth's physical features take millions of years to change. When humans are added, these changes take on a whole new meaning. Human geography is the study of human-made features and phenomena on Earth. Geographers want to know how these features and phenomena affect Earth's environment.
 
2     Human geographers look at spatial organization. Spatial organization is how land features, people, and human-made features are arranged on Earth. Our use of space on the planet has a huge impact on our environment. Throughout human history, we have changed the land. This is so that we could adapt to the environment. We have developed cities and towns near natural resources. We moved to new areas for various reasons. Each time we move, we affect our environment in positive and negative ways. This is what human geographers want to know. They study these effects and predict changes in Earth's space for the future.
 
3     One way space is changed is the building of human-made features. These are your buildings, houses, roads, highways, bridges, and dams. These structures change the Earth's landscape. People have migrated to different areas for thousands of years. In each new area, they have changed the landscape by building shelter and roads. These structures change the natural balance of the environment. They may cause less or more erosion. Animal habitats may be destroyed when new houses are built.
 
4     Human-made phenomena also affect space on Earth. Phenomena are the events that happen because of other certain human events. We rely on natural resources to survive. These resources, like fossil fuels, heat our homes and provide gas for our cars. Use of these fuels has also caused air and water pollution. Both are human-made phenomena. Pollution has become a major problem around the world. Geographers study our use of natural resources to understand how this use changes the environment.

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