The Five Themes Of Geography

Location

Location

You may describe the location of your home like this: ''Its at the first corner, just past the park''. This is called Relative Location, because where you live is relative to another place, the park. Some people give relative location by using familiar landmarks and directions such as ''Left,'' Right,'' or Straight ahead. Others use street names, compass directions, and some idea of distance.


If you have used a Road Map, an Atlas or a GPS unit, you already know about Absolute Location. It is the location of a place independent of any other place. The system of Latitude and Longitude is an example o Absolute Location.