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Click to edit Master subtitle style January 16, 2008 Announcements What questions do you have? Today: Essentials of Geography (Ch. 1)
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The Science of Geography Geography: from geo “Earth” and graphein “to write” Geography is: a method, not a body of knowledge, holistic, diverse Geographers use: spatial analysis Geographers use: Earth systems science
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The Science of Geography Geographers study relationships among: - natural systems - geographic areas - societies - cultural activities - and interaction of all of these over space
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Physical Geography - Spatial analysis of all the physical elements and processes in the environment
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Scientific Method Figure FS Process of - observing - summarizing - hypothesizing - experimenting Allows us to develop theories and laws
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Earth Systems Concepts Systems theory - a system is any ordered, interrelated set of things linked by flows of energy Systems may be open or closed
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Systems Figure
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Earth Systems Concepts System feedback - a system’s outputs can in turn influence the
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