Give examples of how both physical and human phenomena are described in metaphors using symbols from the human anatomy.

There are various examples in the physical world where human symbols and metaphors are used:

  1. the ‘face’ of the earth
  2. ‘eye’ of the storm
  3. ‘mouth’ of the river
  4. ‘snout’ (nose) of the glacier
  5. ‘neck’ of the isthmus
  6. ‘profile’ of the soil.

Villages, towns, and regions have been described as organisms. German geographers describe a country as a ‘living organism’. Networks of road, railways and waterways have often been described as ‘arteries of circulation’.

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