Geography - Geography 101 (Section 004) 1-17-12...

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Geography 101 (Section 004) 1-17-12 Introduction Where is it? Why is it there? These familiar questions are central to geography Geographers study : 1. Location, 2. Spatial relationships, and 3. Connections b/t environment and people What is Regional Geography? Types: Human, Physical, and Geographic Techniques A region is an area with unique characteristics. Formal – states like Iowa (cornbelt). NA and Europe. Functional – big city and surrounding smaller cities Perceptual – South + North Hub and Spoke (functional) -Delta headquarters in Atlanta is a hub. Knoxville would be a spoke. Geography – study of our planet's surface and the processes that shape it links physical science with social sciences Geographic Questions: How and why did people come to occupy a particular place? How do they assess the physical aspects of that place then modify them to suit their particular needs? How do people create environmental problems by the way they use a place? How do people interact with other places? Geographic Scale (recently implemented 1970s) 1970s – Watershed on American life. Fordism – mass production for mass consumption Fordism Period – before 1970s Post-Fordism- after 1970s Post-Fordism – flexible production system GIS - 3 rd largest employment industry in country
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1-19-12 Physical Geography – study of physical processes shaping the earth's surface, and how people impact those processes Human Geography – study of various aspects of human life that create distinctive landscapes and regions Visual Tools Cartography – the skill/art of depicting geographic information scale: relationship between distance on map and actual distance on earth title: subject of map caption: features the cartographer wants you to notice legend: explanation of symbols and colors Grid system: created to describe location measured in degrees, minutes, seconds Latitude also known as parallels measure north and south of equator Longitude also known as meridians measure east and west of Prime Meridian Map Projections Render spherical earth on flat surface Always distorted Sample Projections Mercator Goode's interrupted homolosine Robinson Region Unit of the earth's surface Contains distinct patterns of physical features or human activities Determining regions is difficult Rarely determined systematically Important for dividing world into understandable fragments WANA = (West Asia North Africa) Distant regions may have interdependent relationships not previously possible intensified since beginning of European colonialism Spurred by improved transportation technology and telecommunications Remittances: wages sent to family back home by immigrant labor
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Globalization: Increased flows and linkages b/t regions Trends: Increase distance b/t producers and consumers
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Geography - Geography 101 (Section 004) 1-17-12...

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