How does geography affect your daily life? Be sure to take into consideration physical barriers that cause delays in your daily travels. Should the needs of human convenience outweigh natural habitats? Explain
How goegraphy affect my daily life
Geography is an interaction between human and physical phenomena at specific places and the resultant patterns and spatial organization (Dahlman & Renwick, 2004). Human and physical geography have a profound influence on my daily life. Human geography is defined by factors such as culture, politics and socio-economic characteristics of people within a particular area or region. Physical geography is defined by physical features such as oceans, rivers, mountains, deserts, forests, weather among others.
Human geography affects my daily life in that my actions and interactions with others must conform to cultural norms and values. The type of food, clothes, sports and entertainment consumed is dictated prevalent culture. Certain foods are not available in my locality because it has not been culturally accepted. The same applies to dressing code and sporting activities. Although going against the cultural values and norms is not punishable by law, it may lead to social segregation.
The physical geography profoundly affects my daily life regarding movement, dressing, sporting among others. For example, the weather condition determines the kind of clothing I wear as well as the type of sporting activity I can do. During winter, the movement is minimized, and warm clothing is necessary. Furthermore, I can only engage in ice skiing and other indoor sporting activities.
Physical geography features such as mountains, forests, rivers and oceans are some of the barriers that cause delays in daily travel. Mountain and forest are quite a difficult to move through especially during winter when they are covered with snow and ice that blocks paths and roads. Rivers and ocean require vessels to cross-over them.
Natural habitats such as forest play a critical role in sustaining life supporting processes such as hydrological cycle. Rivers and oceans are habitats for fish and other aquatic animals which are human food. Therefore, the integrity of natural habitats should be protected and conserved.
Dahlman, C. T., & Renwick, W. H. (2014). Welcome to Geography: People, Places, & Environment (6th ed.). : Pearson Education Company