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Unformatted text preview: SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY Department of Geography & Human Environmental Studies Geog 101, Our Physical Environment Section 1: Introduction to Physical Geography From this section you should be familiar with the following concepts: • Physical Geography: o What Physical Geographers study o The ‘sphere’s of Physical Geography • Systems theory and its application to Earth’s system including concepts and examples of o open and closed systems o inputs, outputs and processes o positive and negative feedbacks o system equilibrium • The shape of the Earth • Latitude, longitude and location on Earth • Remote sensing as a tool of physical geography, particularly o How different wavelengths measured produce different information o Examples of applications in physical geography Terms to make sure you know (see glossary in text): Physical Geography, lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, pedosphere, biosphere, anthrosphere, latitude, longitude, equator, pole, geoid, electromagnetic radiation, remote sensing...
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- Spring '11