Ch1-1 - GEO 120 Introduction to Physical Geography...

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1 GEO 120 Introduction to Physical Geography Instructor Dr. Shixiong (Shawn) HU Chapter 1 Essentials of Geography Essentials of Geography The Science of Geography Earth Systems Concepts
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2 The Science of Geography Geography – from geo “Earth” and graphein “to write” Geography is a method, rather than a specific body of knowledge holistic—brings together knowledge from many fields Geographers use Spatial analysis to examine how Earth’s processes interact over space and time Earth systems science Geography is 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 Climate Landforms Soils Animals Plants Microorganisms Earth
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3 Figure 1.2 Physical and Life Sciences Astronomy Biology Botany Ecology Geology Hydrology Meteorology Pedology Oceanography
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course GEOG 120 taught by Professor Hu during the Spring '08 term at E. Stroudsburg.

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Ch1-1 - GEO 120 Introduction to Physical Geography...

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