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1 Introduction to Physical Geography Geog101.01 Andrew Oliphant Leonhard Blesius Introduction to Physical Geography • Definitions • Geodesy; shape of Earth, maps and location • Systems theory in Physical Geography • Use of remote sensing in Phys. Geography Defining Geography • Latin Geo –Earth Graphein – to describe • Spatial themes Location, region, human-Earth relations, movement and place • Other descriptors – Synthesis, inter-relationships, process study, eclectic, holistic • Geography as a methodology or framework Spatial analysis Systems theory Defining Physical Geography • “Spatial analysis of all the physical elements and processes that make up the environment: energy, air, water, weather, climate, landforms, soils, animals, plants, micro-organisms, and Earth itself” (Christoperson 2003, p 5) • “. . the study of our home planet, Earth” (Strahler and Strahler 1996, p2) • Earth system science (systems theory) Spheres of Earth’s system Earth’s Planetary System The common ‘spheres’ of Earth’s system Atmosphere Lithosphere Hydrosphere Cryosphere
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This note was uploaded on 10/06/2011 for the course GEOL 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at S.F. State.

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