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Unformatted text preview: Geography 1001 What is geography ? : The study of spatial variation, of how and why things are similar or differ from place to place on the surface of the earth. Areal Differentiation and Integration: Integration: describe and explain linkages or connections between places Differentiation: describe and explain differences between places The spatial emphasis distinguishes geography from social sciences. Geographic Terms:- Location : Absolute location : precisely defined place according to a predefined system (ex: state lines, latitude, longitude, postal locations) Relative location : relation of a place or a activity in relation to others (ex: directions to library; the neighborhoods of Manhattan)- Distance: Absolute distance : spatial separation from one unit to another (ex: mile or km: standardized units) Relative distance : spatial separation defined in terms of experience. It is often a more meaningful measure. (ex: time, cost, psychological: a 6hr trip with kids feels like 30hrs)- Direction : Absolute direction : cardinal points (N-S-E-W) Relative direction...
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- Fall '07
- Geography, ex, Coastal geography, spatial separation, absolute location, precisely defined place