Ch 1 - Intro

Ch 1 - Intro - Introduction What is Geography? Evolution of...

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Unformatted text preview: Introduction What is Geography? Evolution of the Discipline Some Core Geographic Concepts Geographys Themes and Standards Organization of This Book Phuket island, Thailand before 2004 tsunami Much more than place names and locations The study of spatial variation How and why things differ from place to place on the surface of the earth How observable spatial patterns evolved through time Focus on the interaction of people and social groups with their environment and with each other Geography is about space and the content of space Whistler Mountain, BC, Canada interaction of human activity & physical environment Ancient Greeks and Romans From Greek geo, the earth, and graphein, to write E.g., Eratosthenes, Strabo, Herodotus, Ptolemy Ancient Chinese Muslim scholars Modern geography Origins in the surge of scholarly inquiry that began in 17 th century Europe Ptolemys 2 nd Century (AD) Map A number of specialized subdivisions Closely interrelated Three dominating interests Spatial variation of physical and human phenomena on the surface of the earth The systems that link physical phenomena and human activities in one area with other areas Human-environmental relationships and spatial systems in specific locational settings Regional geography Identify particular segments of the earths surface for study Systematic geography...
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