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ideas, beliefs, values, artifacts, and ways of making a living) which any society transmits to succeeding generations to meet its fundamental needs. - Regions with shared cultural traits (e.g., sub-Saharan Africa). - An area where a distinctive set of cultural traits develops, such as the Fertile Crescent and the Nile River Valley. - A portion of the Earth's surface that has one or more common cultural elements. - Understanding and respecting others and oneself including the similarities and differences in language, gender, socioeconomic class, religion, and other human characteristics and traits. - The overall setting, including natural elements and elements created by humans, in which a world community exists. - A situation in which one cultural community is expanding or contracting in opposition to another, often leading to an atmosphere of tension and conflict between communities. - A collection of people distinguished, by others or themselves, primarily on the basis of cultural or nationality characteristics. - The academic subject that describes and explains the distribution of phenomena that characterize our planet's surface in terms of both physical and human features or dimensions. - The existence of thousands of cultures having similarities and differences in language, socioeconomic class, religion, and other human traits. - The study of the distribution of human populations, their cultures, their activities and behaviors, and their relationship with and impact on the physical landscapes they occupy. - A symbolic form of communication-perhaps the most important feature of a culture. - The permanent (or relatively permanent) relocation of an individual or group to a new, usually distant, place of residence and employment. - Many cultures coexisting in a similar time and place. - Whether it is our inherited genetic predisposition ("nature") or what we learn as we grow up ("nurture") that predominantly shapes us and our differences as individuals. - Characteristics of the natural (physical) environment that inhibit the spread of culture. - The study of the structures, processes, distributions, and changes through time of the natural phenomena of the Earth's surface that are significant to human life (e.g., oceans, deserts, mountain ranges, dense forests, and climates). - Features (e.g., skin, hair, and eye color) that are genetic (inherited) and shared by a large group of people.

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