Austin's 5 themes of geography

Hussam Djadi

Location

Austin is located at 30.25 degrees North and 97.75 degrees West. It is the capitol of Texas and lies in the right in the center. It is some 80 miles from the nearby city of San Antonio. The population of the greater Austin area was 1.7 million people according to the 2010 census, but with 158 people moving to Austin every day, the numbers have changed in 2013


This shows both absolute and relative location because it shows Austin and the directions to other cities but it also shows absolute because if you are in the city you can tell where you are by the address


Place

Austin is situated along the Colorado River, with three artificial lakes within its city limits. 2 of the 3 artificial lakes were created by the dams along the Colorado river. Austin has a humid subtropical climate and is characterized by hot summers and mild winters. Austin is almost always at least partly sunny but when it isn't severe rains can block the sun. In 2011, Austin experienced a drought unlike any it has ever seen before. Rain levels fell to the lowest levels since the 1950s.
This illustration of the Austin area from across the Colorado River.

This shows place because it shows the environment that Austin is in as well as the climate.

Movement

Austin has one of the highest rates of movement in the entire United States. Every year, tens of thousands of people come from all over the world to experience ACL, Austin's world renowned live music festival. They also come for the South by Southwest music festival which draws people worldwide to experience some of Austin's greatest musicians, as well as the most popular ones from the US and beyond. Products are moved through the port of Galveston and Houston, and from there they are shipped around the world to their destinations.

Austin also has an industry in book publishing, with Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt and Scholastic. These books are shipped to thousands of schools and colleges.

Austin is also home to St. Edwards University, which in addition with the University of Texas brings people from around the world to gain a higher education.

Since the major Interstate Highway 35 runs through the heart of Austin, thousands of trucks carrying goods from Mexico to Canada to the major port of Houston pass through every day.

This picture of the South by Southwest music festival depicts the theme of movement because people are moving from all over the world to and from Austin


Region

Austin is located in the southern part of the United States and is in the Hispanic/Latino region with many cultures and demographics having ties to Mexico. Many local businesses are from Mexico and it is important for big corporations to ship there goods to and from Mexico.

Austin is a major hub for over a dozen multi-billion dollar international corporations who have moved to Austin because of the boom in population and growth in recent years. These include 3M, Apple, HP, Google, AMD, Cirrus Logic, ARM, Cisco Systems, Electronic Arts, Facebook, eBay/PayPal, Bioware, Blizzard Entertainment, Intel, National Instruments, Samsung, Silicon Laboratories, Xerox, and Oracle not to mention the headquarters of Dell which in nearby Round Rock, Texas.

Austin is also a major Democratic center in the heart of the deeply republican state of Texas. In 2012 60% of Austin's population was republican, in contrast 57% of Texas was strongly republican.

This shows the theme of Region, because it shows Dell, a major multi-national company based in the Greater Austin Area, it shows that Austin is in the Economic region of Technology

Human Environment Interaction

About 13 miles northwest of Austin is the Mansfield Dam which was completed in 1941, it dams the Colorado River (a major source of Austinites' water). At about 1990 a loose coalition of concerned citizens rose up to fight a massive development of the Barton Creek recharge zone (a critical point where rain water feeds into the Edward's Aquifer, which is the main source of water for San Antonio and some parts of Austin), they won, and the group is still active today.

Barton Creek is a symbol of Human Environment Interaction because people that live in Austin have to interact with it as their major source of water, but they also have to act to preserve it as a natural habitat and home for thousands of animals