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Introduction to Geography (LESSON 1)What Geography?-The study of the interaction of all physical and human phenomena atindividual places and of how interactions among places form patterns andorganize space.The Nature of Geography:Geographers apply the spatial perspective whereas historians apply thetime perspective.For maximum understanding, the geographer must also be aware of thetime perspective and visa versa.Branches of GeographyPhysical Geography studies:Origin & nature of continents & landformsOrigin & nature of oceansClimates (past & present)RiversGlaciersOthers-Soils-Animals-PlantsHuman Geography studies:Growth & distribution of populationNature of citiesCommunications networksLocation of businesses & industriesGrowth & collapse of empires & nationsSpread of culture traits-Technology-Trends & styles-Religions & ideologiesGeography is Broad and IntegrativeBroad: Geography frequently tries to focus on the “whole picture”Integrative: It draws upon almost every academic discipline seekingpatterns and connections.Geography as Mother of many Sciences
Origins of Geographic StudyNatural human inquisitiveness.Thinking geographically is one of the oldest human activities.-Perhaps the first geographer was a prehistoric human who crossed a river orclimbed a hill, observed what was on the other side, returned home to tell aboutit, and scratched the route in the dirt. Perhaps the second geographer was afriend or relative who followed the dirt map to reach the other side.

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Geography, Natural environment, Environmental geography, Origin

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