Glossary (Version 8.4)

An area in which various parts have something in common, which distinguishes them from neighbouring regions. Regions can be divisions of a nation, for example, the Wheatbelt of Western Australia; or larger than a nation, for example, South-East Asia or a climatic zone. The latter are called ‘world regions’ in the Australian Curriculum.

A location relative to other places, for example, the distance to a town from other towns. Relative location has a stronger influence on human characteristics of places than absolute location, as demonstrated by advantages of closeness to suppliers, finance, information and markets for businesses, and to education and employment opportunities for individuals. Also see absolute location.

Distant, far away, for example, a place distant from major population and economic centres.

Resources that are or can be renewed within a relatively short time, for example, water through a hydrological (water) cycle; and plants, animals and marine life through reproduction. However, overuse of a renewable resource can lead to its disappearance, as with overexploitation of a fishery or over-extraction of groundwater. Also see environmental resources.

Demonstrating geographical information in a visual form, for example, a graph, map, image, field sketch or a multilayered map.