Regions - Hg

Free-Response Questions

A ) Define formal regions, functional regions, and perceptual regions.
Formal Region:a similar characteristic(s) is presented throughout one specific region. The characteristics can vary from language, ethnicity, climate, land features, or economy.
Functional Region: An area where is is composed around a specific focal point. It is unique because it is not separated by physical lines or boundaries.
Perceptual Region: An area that is believed to be created as an effect of their identity in culture. It is based more along the lines of informational than scientifical.

B ) Give a specific example of a formal region, and explain how its formal characteristics distinguish it from other regions.

Montana-a formal region-is distinguished by a government that passes laws, collects     taxes, and issues license plates. This region has clearly drawn and legally recognized boundaries, and every person   living within those boundaries is subject to a common set of laws. Some other familiar examples include Canada, the Rocky Mountains, the Islamic World, or even the rice-growing areas. Formal regions can also include religion as a common characteristic. For example, Mexico’s most common religion is Catholicism.

C ) Give a specific example of a functional region, and explain how its functional characteristics distinguish it from other functional regions.

A functional region example is whenever you go on a road trip and eventually the radio stations that you could listen to in your city turn into static stations when you’re about 100 miles away from home. This means that you have entered a new functional region, where the media and and television channels are different. A functional region is different from other regions because it’s determined by electronics and not boundary lines of any sorts. It helps in the urbanization of cities because newspaper routes, for example, are a necessity for every semi-urban town. Rural towns are usually...