Sonora, México. EVTh

HABITAT: to possess

Sonora, México. EVTh
Social Housing. Sonora, México. Ernesto Valero Thomas (EVTh)

It is interesting to know the roots of the word Habitat. It is derived from the Latin word habeō, “to have, to possess”. A wider definition from biological sciences is: habitat, the place where an organism or a community of organisms lives, including all living and nonliving factors or conditions of the surrounding environment. A host organism inhabited by parasites is as much a habitat as a terrestrial place such as a grove of trees or an aquatic locality such as a small pond. There is no dispute when saying that a habitat is a place to remain, to dwell, to live.

A habitat has different scales, from the basic shelter to a megacity, places where dwellers and communities live, including living and non-living factors of the surrounding environment. If the authority over the land defines a territory, on human territories the first habitat is always a house. It can be said that habitats are dynamic systems of non-human landscapes and human territories in search of stability.

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