Ports are docking places for ships carrying people and cargo. The United States has ports along the ocean, rivers, and lakes. Ports are critical for local, national, and international trade, as well as immigration, tourism, security, and environmental policy.
What organizations do you think have an interest in port infrastructure but are not represented in the graphic?
What are some jobs or careers each “key partner” provides at the port?
Which “key partners” rely on the geographic perspective to operate safely and efficiently?
What natural disasters would impact port infrastructure? How?
How can consumers make an impact on port operations or infrastructure?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry cargo Noun
goods carried by a ship, plane, or other vehicle.
sharing of information and ideas.
to bring and secure a ship or boat to a space or facility.
study of monetary systems, or the creation, buying, and selling of goods and services.
conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.
the understanding of human and natural systems, geographic reasoning, and systematic decision-making.
process of moving to a new country or region with the intention of staying and living there.
visual representation of data. Also called information graphic or graphic.
structures and facilities necessary for the functioning of a society, such as roads.
place on a body of water where ships can tie up or dock and load and unload cargo.
Encyclopedic Entry: port security Noun
safety or stability.
the industry (including food, hotels, and entertainment) of traveling for pleasure.
buying, selling, or exchanging of goods and services.