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An Online Textbook for Physical Geography with Emphasis on the Hawaiian Islands Table of Contents - Preface 1 Maps 2 Sky 3 Heat 4 Wind 5 Clouds 6 Weather 7 Water 8 Life 9 Earth 10 Mountains 11 Valleys 12 Erosion
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EARTH in MAPS Geography is an old science. Ancient travelers from all continents and cultures brought home descriptions of faraway places, their people, and the natural environment. This new knowledge formed a basis for understanding the wider world and fundamental principles of nature. The word geography, in fact, derives from Greek roots meaning " to write about the Earth ." In this class, we will continue that ancient tradition of exploration and discovery, covering many of the same subjects as those early seekers of knowledge, albeit with vastly greater information available to us. We start with a dimensional look at our home planet. Geography 1. What do geographers study and what is unique to their study? 2. What are the two main branches of Geography? 3. What is the focus of each of these branches? 4. Give examples of phenomena that could be studied using a geographic focus, and explain what the geography component would be. Did anyone ever ask you where something was or how to get to a place? How did you answer? What reference points did you use? Did you tell them it was near something? Or perhaps use either compass points or local directions, like "Well, go mauka about two blocks . ..." In answering, you were displaying your knowledge of local geography and struggling with one of the oldest mental challenges in science: how to describe where something is. That challenge forms the basis of the science called geography, which today describes where things are , and then goes on to explain why they are there . A fuller introduction is given below. "Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment. "There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence - how people and their activity are distributed in space, how they use and perceive space, and how they create and sustain the places that make up the earth's surface. Human geographers work in the fields of urban and regional planning, transportation, marketing, real estate, tourism, and international business. "Physical geographers study patterns of climates, land forms, vegetation, soils, and water. They forecast the weather, manage land and water resources, and analyze and plan for forests,
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rangelands, and wetlands. Many human and physical geographers have skills in cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). "Geographers also study the linkages between human activity and natural systems. .
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2010 for the course GEOG 101 taught by Professor Szuster,b during the Spring '08 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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