Economics and Location



There are several factors that influence the growth and distribution of a particular
regions primary industries. These primary industries, are necessary for an
economy to grow. Without a primary industry, which could also be called natural
resources, secondary, tertiary and quaternary industries would struggle in a
country (excluding Japan etc.).
These factors also affect where people live. If you were at a warm place, near the
coast, it is a lot more populated, than interior America. This population, affects
your labor and markets. With a good geography, cash crops may be able to grow
in the region developing a farm industry. There are several factors that affect a
regionís natural resources. These factors are landscape features, temperature and
precipitation.
Landscape features affect the economy. Some landscape features that range all
over the United States are tundra and mountains. If you were describe the Arctic
Coastal Plain, you would have to mention the permafrost. In the Pacific ranges
and coastal lowlands, the soil is rich and fertile. The soil in a region determine if
youíre able to grow cash crops or nothing.
The temperature of a region affects the economy. In a place that is warm and
humid, certain crops, will be able to grow in that region. The temperature can also
affect the settlement patterns of people. Larger populations tend to settle in a
place with a high temperature. To get an precise picture of an areaís climate, two
temperatures are required. These are the average temperatures of the months
January and July. There are three factors that affect the this result.
The closer you are to the equator, usually the warmer it is. This is because the sun
rays are more concentrated and direct the closer you are to the equator. The more
direct the sunís rays are, the greater heating ability.
During the winter, oceans maintain much more heat than land, and release this
heat slowly. Land near an ocean, is warmer than land not near an ocean because
the ocean retains the heat.
When the sun shines, the heat bounces off, but canít reach the atmosphere. The
heat in the air comes from the warm surface, so air closer to the ground is usually
warmer. As altitude increases, air temperature decreases. This decline in air
temperature is known as the lapse rate.
Precipitation can also affect the economy. In a place that is humid, certain crops,
will be able to grow in that region. The precipitation can also affect the settlement
patterns of people. Larger populations tend to settle in a place with a high
precipitation. Precipitation is all forms of moisture falling on the ground.
Vegetation is the type grasses, trees, shrubs that grow in a region. The vegetation
in a region depends upon the rainfall, temperature, and the physical relief of the
landscape. It is a representation of all the other factors of the physical geography
of an area. The vegetation can develop a lumber industry. If lumber is plentiful
and is in demand in that region, than surely and lumber industry will develop. The
vegetation growing in a region can also reflect the farming potential of that region.
If the vegetation is very tropical, than that shows that the region is a good place to
farm.
Landscape features, temperature, precipitation and vegetation influence the growth
and distribution of a particular regions primary industries. These primary
industries, are necessary for an economy to grow. Soil, and the type of land affect
what type of crops are able to grow in that region. Temperature and precipitation,
both affect the primary industries and economy. In a place that is warm and
humid, certain crops, will be able to grow in that region. The temperature and
precipitation can also affect the settlement patterns of people. Larger populations
tend to settle in a place with a high temperature and precipitation. Vegetation is a
representation of all the other factors of the physical geography of an area.
Vegetation can affect the lumber and agriculture industry. All these four factors
have one thing in common. All these factors, landscape features, temperature,
precipitation and vegetation affect the primary industries (natural resources) and
the economy.



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