5 Themes of Geography: Austin

By Bailey Wright


What is Location?

The Location of an area can be defined in two different ways, absolute location (latitude & longitude) and relative location.
What is the location of Austin? Relatively, Austin is in located the Hill Country region of central Texas, near Round Rock. To be more specific, however, the estimated latitude and longitude of Austin is approx, 30.25' N, 97.75'W. The location of a place can determine the type of economy the area has. This is due to environmental factors, which can highly impact and change the available jobs in that particular region.


What is Place?

Place describes the human and physical characteristics of any particular location. This includes things such as mountains, rivers, architecture, and various other human designed cultural features of the area.
What is an example of "place" in Austin? Some examples of "place" in the Austin area include Lake Austin, the skyline, and some artwork around the area. Because of the human and physical characteristics of Austin, one may infer that this particular region is fairly "hilly" and well known for art and musical works.


What is Movement?

Movement is the way that people, products, and ideas get transported from one area to another. Some examples of movement include cars, bikes, etc...
What are some examples of "movement" specific to Austin? In Austin, there are many different types of transportation, due to the fact that this is an "outdoor city." In this area, there are multiple biking trails, lakes and rivers, roads, and hiking trails. Because of the mass of available means of transportation, ideas, products, and people can be transported quickly. But movement is not specifically just the transportation to any area,
movement can also show the migration to a specific area. For example, the city of Austin is continuing to grow, this is partially due to a growing population of this area. The people that migrate here from other areas may take trains, cars, buses, planes, etc...


What is Region?

Region can be defined in many ways. Cities have specific boundaries (such as "city limits") but nature has a few boundaries of its own. Other regional differences include: an increase/decrease in rainfall, a change in culture, and the forestation of the area.
What is the Region of Austin? The Austin region is continuing to expand its boundaries further into places like Round Rock. Because of this, those regions are adapting to the culture of Austin. Naturally speaking, this region has very large boundaries, due to similar climate and ecological similarities in the surrounding areas.

Human & Environment Interaction:

What is Human & Environment Interaction?

Human & Environment Interaction is basically how humans adapt to their environment. This includes both positive and negative environmental choices.
What are some examples of Human & Environment Interaction in Austin? Austin has many man-made structures, biking trails, pools, etc... and all of these can create changes to the environment around the city. Some of the environmental changes are good, or stay relatively the same (hiking trails) but others (such as buildings) can take a toll on the wildlife of the city.