01_World_Regional_Geography

01_World_Regional_Geography - INTRODUCTION TO REGIONAL...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–10. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: INTRODUCTION TO REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY • ‘To write about the earth’ • The study of place and space • Studies the location and distribution of features on the earth’s surface • Studies human activity , the natural environment , and the relationship between the two • Answers where? and why? Geography Taxonomy: kingdom, phylum, Class, order, family, genus, species Biologists Geologists Three major groups, subsidiary groups, geological time Historians Eras, ages, periods Geographers Geographic realms and/or regions based on sets of spatial criteria Classification Systems World Geographic Realms • Realms are based on spatial criteria • They are the largest geographic units into which the world can be divided • Based on both physical (natural) and human (cultural) features • Realms are the result of the interaction between human societies and natural environments • Represent the most comprehensive and encompassing definition of the great clusters of humankind in the world today • Change over time… • Would the world have been divided up the same way in 1491? Geographic Realms • Where geographic realms meet, transition zones , not sharp boundaries, mark their contact • This zone is an area of spatial change where peripheries of two adjacent realms or regions join • Zones are marked by a gradual shift (rather than a sharp break) in the characteristics that distinguish neighboring realms e.g. Transition Zones Geographical Classification The World Realms Regions CONCEPT OF SCALE • Areas of the earth’s surface marked by certain properties • Based on criteria we establish • Criteria can be: – Human (cultural) properties – Physical (natural) characteristics – or both • Regions are smaller and more detailed than realms Regions • All regions have: • An area • Boundaries • Location • (certain) Homogeneity Regions •...
View Full Document

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

Page1 / 43

01_World_Regional_Geography - INTRODUCTION TO REGIONAL...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 10. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online