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1 GEOG 1004 Basic Geographic ideas, traditions and terms What is GEOGRAPHY? GEO = Earth GRAPHY = to write Geography = Earth Writing or Earth Description The study of physical and human landscapes , the processes that affect them, how and why they change over time, and how and why they vary spatially . Simply put, geographers ask “where” things are and “why” they are there. Geographers consider, to varying degrees, both natural and human influences on the landscape, although a common division separates human and physical geography.
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2 Human Geography: deals with the spatial organization of human activities and with people’s relationships with their environments. This focus necessarily involves looking at natural physical environments insofar as they influence, and are influenced by, human activity. Geography’s Four Traditions Spatial Tradition (Locational Tradition) Area Studies Tradition (Regional Tradition) Man-Land Tradition (Human- Environmental, Human- Land, or Culture- Environment Tradition)
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This note was uploaded on 10/12/2008 for the course GEOG 1004 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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