The physical environment is the part of the environment made up of both man-made and natural features. They consist of some physical factors like water, soil, e.t.c. Mountains, rivers, valleys, hills, dams, lakes all makes up the physical aspect of our environment and much more.
The physical environment can limit human activities in the following ways:Barriers to communication and transportation: most times roads have to be cut through longer distances in order to bypass natural features like a huge mountains, a voluminous river e.t.c. This can severely impact the communication between places and people. Natural disasters: The physical environment can pose serious risk to humans through disasters such as earthquake, landslide, flooding, wildfires, e.t.c. Drought and famine: When several elements of the physical environment combines, they can lead to little to no rainfall for plant to thrive. This is very dangerous for life on earth. Human activities are connected a lot to how rich and useful a soil can be. Climate changes and global warming: Human activities are greatly impacted by changes in climate and weather. If too much rainfalls, it becomes a problem to farmers and human activities as a whole will suffer. If sunshine diminishes abnormally, the earth suffers as solar radiation is very key to life on earth.
Human activities affect the operation of physical environment processes, and the results rebound on the human world. The human factor is an important consideration in assessing climate, landform, and ecosystem changes. The physical environment provides resources and a platform to use those resources, but can also be a hazard to people. Therefore human impact as a subject is of special concern to physical geographers. This interest has developed from studying the impacts of the environment on human activities, to understanding the impacts of humans on the environment and attempting to reduce them. There is now overt recognition of the role of the human factor, wh ich is also reflected in an increase in applied work by physical geographers. The effects of human activit ies and physical environmental modifica tions range from being entirely local to global, and can be immediately evident or they may manifest slowly over time and become of concern at some time in the fu ture. The duration of the effects can be short-lived or everlasting. Many examples can be observed in our surrounding landscape. While this chapter describes and discusses only some of the impact of human presence in New Zealand, the conceptual context of humans as agents of environmental change
How can physical environment limit human activities
Well, you could use:Divers at great depths (pressure)Astronauts in space (lack of air/pressure)Researchers at the North pole (temperature)The community in Death valley (Does the heat have any effect on their lifestyle?)The Nomads in the Sahara desertPrisoners in jail (this would be a physical environment made by humans rather than a natural one)The flood plain of the Nile and other large rivers making crops impossible to grow at certain timesThe chance of walking through a rain forest (unless you are aboriginal)
Physical environment affect and limits the activities of the humans.
Explanation:The physical environment is no doubt the greatest limiting factor in the growth and development of man and his knowledge as the earlier man used to worship the nature as he did not know about the use of fire and feared the impact of the night and eclipse of the sun, that was the era of environmentalism. Now man has masted many aspects of the physical environment but still, the physical environment has an upper hand and dominated the survival and existence of man. The impact of the physical environment can be felt as in the rise of the sea level due to the global warming. Climate change, increase in desertification and ozone depletion, large scale drought and landscape degradation decline in the food availability and the carrying capacity of the earth. The occurrence of the natural hazards like the hurricane storms and the floods that destroy life and property.