What are the five basic themes of geography?

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Not sure if this is what you are looking for, but the five basic THEMES of Geography are:

1. Location - the "where" a place is with respect to other places, or its surroundings. This can include measurements of longitude and latitude.

2. Place - what are its physical attributes? What is its topography, are there rivers, mountains, streams, etc.  What changes have humans made to the place, such as buildings, etc.

3. Human-Environment Interaction - What effect have humans had on the environment? Has that effect been positive or negative?

4. Movement - How have people, goods, etc. moved across the landscape? How have methods of communication been employed?

5. Region - These can be formal, functional, or vernacular.

A FORMAL region has clearly delineated boundaries that are well known, such as city limits, etc.

A FUNCTIONAL region is it connections. Delivery routes, judicial circuits, etc.

A VERNACULAR region are perceived regions with no clearly delineated boundaries--the Northeast, etc.

Hope this helps.

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