Finding Human-Environment Interaction

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Students scan the newspaper for examples of human-environment interaction. In studying human/environment interaction, geographers look at all the effects--positive and negative--that occur when people interact with their surroundings. Sometimes a human act, such as damming a river to prevent flooding or to provide irrigation, requires consideration of the potential consequences. The construction of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, for example, changed the natural landscape, but it also created a reservoir that helps provide water and electric power for the arid Southwest. Studying the consequences of human/environment interaction helps people plan and manage the environment responsibly. (source:

Topic(s): Government Population Air Pollution


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