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Why geography?

Why geography?


School: University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
Department: Geography
Course: Atmospheric Processes & Patterns
Professor: Eben broadbent
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: intro, to, and geography
Cost: 25
Description: These notes cover everything discussed in the "Intro to Geography" lecture.
Uploaded: 08/26/2016
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GY 101

Why geography?


August 25, 2016

Intro to Geography

Geo= earth

Graphie= to draw

Geography is a framework for 

• Understanding:

◦ patterns

◦ relationships

◦ processes

• conceptualizing

• modeling

• visualizing


• generalized

• natural and social science

• integrative science

• common thread is spatial inquiry

• defined by method not subject

Geographical Approach

• geography is defined by method not subject matter

• spatial patterns (at some scale) are not random, but may be explained by processes

What are the 4 geography traditions?

Why Geography?

• move toward interdisciplinary approaches to solve problems

• move toward linking human and natural systems

• understand pattern and process

• view earth holistically

• global nature of our society

4 Geography traditions

• Spatial: techniques, advances

• Regional: NGS, long history, area studies

• Human­enviroment: changes in views

• Earth science: physical geography

Physical Geography

• spatial analysis of patterns and the physical, chemical, and biological processes that create them • linking pattern and process

Geography is a framework for?

• utilize over natural science

• ultimate goal: understand ecological, earth surface

geology = geomorphology

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biology = biogeography

meteorology = climatology

System Approach

• regional v. systematic geography

• focus on the physical environment of specific world regions

• focus on a specific earth process of feature

◦ open/closed, dynamic equilibrium, feedbacks

Earth as a System

• System 

◦ a set of interrelated components through which energy flows to produce orderly changes • Closed v. Open Systems

◦ Closed System 

have a limited energy supply confined within the system

◦ Open System 

Unlimited energy supply from an external source

• Feedback and Dynamic Equilibrium

Earth Spheres

• Ecosphere

◦ Atmosphere: thin, gaseous veil; held to planet by gravity ◦ Lithosphere: crust and upper mantle

◦ Biosphere: zone of life

◦ Hydrosphere: water in atmosphere, on surface, and in crust, 3 phases Cryosphere: ice on land and water

Lithosphere­ solid earth

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Biosphere­ all life on earth

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