Could we consider the global phenomena like a puzzle and the particular global phenomena like one of the pieces of it?
Geography - The distribution of global phenomena
The distribution of global phenomena
It is possible to describe the scale of influence or distribution for
particular global phenomena. It is also possible to describe the
distribution at a national or local scale. A national response to a
phenomenon is contained within the borders of one country and a local
response covers an even smaller region.
A global phenomenon may be significant if it influences a large percentage
of the surface of the earth, the majority of the earth's inhabitants, or if
its effects are felt on all continents. A global phenomenon might be
considered to be less influential or of lesser importance, when it has an
influence over a smaller percentage of the earth's surface and people.
Using the example of rainforest destruction, it is evident that even before
large scale destruction began approximately 30 years ago, modern
rainforests have only ever covered less than 10% of the earth's surface.
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