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Geography

Characteristics of industry

All industries have inputs, processes, outputs and feedback. Watch the video to see out what they are.

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Key points

  • All industries can be seen as a system of inputs, processes, outputs and feedback.
  • Industries are likely to locate themselves near the inputs they require. They also need access to market, power supply, communications and labour.
  • Primary industry involves the extraction or production of raw materials.
  • Secondary industries take the products of primary industries and make them into goods and products.
  • The tertiary sector provides services, skills, goods and products from primary and secondary industries.
  • The quaternary sector supplies information services, such as computing and Research and Development.

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