Geography 2051

Geography 2051 - Geography2051Chapter1 Geography

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Geography 2051 – Chapter 1 23:07 Geography Study of the spatial distributions of phenomena on the earth Old – earliest accounts are about travel, aka geography. Economic – early peoples were looking for resources, make money Political – settling these places, controlling resources Military –  Cultural – missionaries, priests, the spread of religion Curiosity – people want to know what other places are like New – to universities, hasn’t been taught for long – last 150 years New question – not what is where, but why are they where they are? What is where – answered through description Why – answered through explanation and understanding Human geography Understanding and explaining cultures, spatial arrangement of cities and industry Physical geography Focuses on the natural environment Landforms, landscapes, plants and animals, atmosphere Spatial arrangement of everything on earth Four spheres of geography Lithosphere
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Mountains, plains, beaches Hydrosphere Water portions of the globe, including reservoirs (atmospheres and in soil) Atmosphere Weather and climate Biosphere Living portion of the earth, all organisms Management and planning Understanding to minimize our impact on earth, its impact on us and to manage our 
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course GEOG 2051 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at LSU.

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Geography 2051 - Geography2051Chapter1 Geography

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