How does geography affect the people that live there?

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There are countless ways in which geography affects people. It is a key factor in influencing the way of life of people in a given region. Local resources determine the food people eat which in turn influences the overall health and nutrition of a population. Sure, food from other regions is often imported, but often a region's cuisine is determined by what is readily and affordably available and what has been traditionally consumed for generations.

Natural resources of a geographic area also play a role in the local economy. For instance, a region with ample petroleum reserves can grow wealthy...

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Geography determines the physical conditions in which one has to live. These conditions include topography, soil type, climate patterns, natural resources, vegetation, ecosystem, etc. Different places have different geographical features and influence the life style and habits of the people residing in that region.

For example, someone living in Hawaii does not have to worry about snowfall or excess cold weather and hence has no need of warm clothes. Compare that to someone residing in Siberia or the Himalayas, where snow is a part of life and warm clothing is part of life. Other examples are the flood-prone parts of India, or hurricane-prone Eastern Seaboard of the US, or earthquake-prone regions of Japan. The type of housing required would be different in all these cases. The type of vegetation that grows in a place is also a function of its geography and determines the food habits of the people residing there.

Many people even base their career choices on their geographical location.

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