GEOG 102 Wk 1 notes - 9/7/2007 1:04:00 PM Geography 102...

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07/09/2007 15:04:00 Geography 102 Sept. 7 th , 2007 Introduction to Physical Geography Geography: What is it? -Geography is defined as the science that studies the relationships among  natural systems, geographic areas, society, cultural activities and the interdependence  of all of these over space. -Physical Geography is the spatial analysis of all the physical elements and  processes that make up the environment: energy, air, water, weather, climate,  landforms, soils, animals, plants, microorganisms and the Earth itself. -Sub-disciplines of Physical Geo all involve the study of interactions between  systems. (Climatology, Geomorphology, etc.) The Five Themes of geography are- Location (absolute/relative) Region (unifying traits of land) Human-Earth relationships (human exploitation, modification, etc of the planet) Place (unique/definitive traits of an area) Movement (communication, movement across Earth’s surface)
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Systems -A system is any ordered, interrelated set of things and their attributes, liked by  flows of energy and matter. There are two types of flow systems: OPEN FLOW and CLOSED FLOW -Open flow systems consist of inputs and outputs of energy and matter -Closed flow systems do not consist of inputs and outputs of energy or matter,  but involve a CYCLE. -source of all energy is the sun, in the form of solar energy.
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GEOG 102 Wk 1 notes - 9/7/2007 1:04:00 PM Geography 102...

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