The Science of Geography

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The Science of Geography Geography Geo-Earth, graphein-to write Is a method, not a body of knowledge; holistic, diverse Geographers Use spatial analysis Use Earth systems science Study relationships among: Natural systems Geographic areas Societies Cultural activities Interaction of all of these over space Physical geography Spatial analysis of all the physical elements and processes in the environment Scientific method: Observing Summarizing Hypothesizing Experimenting To develop theories and laws Earth Systems Concepts Systems theory A system is any ordered, interrelated set of things linked by flows of energy Systems may be open or closed
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Systems feedbacks A system’s outputs can, in turn, influence the system’s own operations System equilibrium When input and output rates balance over time, a system is in equilibrium Dynamic equilibrium-even a system in balance can have a slow trend over time Location and Time on Earth Latitude
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course GEOG 2050 taught by Professor Brown during the Fall '07 term at LSU.

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