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Intro to World Geography - GR 1123 Week One

by: Taylor Baker

Intro to World Geography - GR 1123 Week One 1123

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This is all of week one notes. Aug. 16-19, 2016.
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Date Created: 08/21/16
Intro to World Geography Sunday, August 21, 2016 7:04 PM Week 1: Aug. 16­19, 2016   Geography: • Is a Greek term. ◦ Geo means Earth ◦ Graph means something drawn or written   • Definition: the art of mapping the earth   Two conceptual applications of geography: • Physical space • Human space   Physical Geography • Is known as "tangible" things; the things you can figuratively hold. ◦ Some examples are: climate, weather,  ecosystems, landforms.   Human Geography • Focuses on culture. • Is known as "intangible" things; the things  you cannot hold. ◦ Some examples are: politics, culture.   How do we study geography? • Through maps.   Maps • The process of making maps is called  cartography.   • Two types of maps: ◦ Large scale maps ­ a map which depicts a  small area; basically zoomed in on the  map if you will. ◦ Small scale maps ­ a map depicting a  large area; zoomed out on the map.   • There are 4 parts of a map: ◦ Title ◦ Scale indicator ◦ Orientation ◦ Legend   • Other features of a map include: ◦ The border ◦ Map credits ◦ Locator map (inset) ◦ Graphical design ◦ Visual hierarchy ◦ Purpose    • A scale is a ratio which compares a  measurement on a map to the actual distance  between locations identified on the map   Remote sensing ­ gaining information about an  object or phenomenon without making physical  contact with it • Examples: ◦ Sonar ­ a way to map ocean floors through sound pulses. ◦ Observing population densities over time    Geographical information systems (GIS) • All about spatial relationships, patterns,  and trends. • Both physical and cultural   Geography of the world ­ the interaction between humans • There are 12 geographic realms of the world ◦ There are three criteria for geographic  realms 1. Physical 2. Functional ­ interactions between  humans and the environment 3. Historical ­ has to have a historical impact on humanity ◦ Example Antarctica is not a realm • It is not functional or historical   • Two realm examples of variety ◦ Monocentric ­ one country is influencing  that realm the most ◦ Polycentric ­ several countries are  impacting that realm   Regions ­ subsets within a realm • Areas of uniformity   • Five criteria for a region: 1. Area 2. Location 3. Homogeneity (saneness) 4. Boundaries 5. Spatial systems   • The world (and all of the regions) is  interconnected.   Technology has made the world smaller. • it began with the pony express (delivering  mail (communication) by a man on a horse) • Then the telephone made it to where you could reach someone by phone almost instantly • Now the internet and social media have made  it to where you could be in two separate  countries and can communicate on a regular  basis in various ways.   Understanding the natural landscapes • 2/3 of the world is covered by water   • How is the physical landscape influenced by  geology? ◦ Plate tectonics • Theory that supports the continental  drift hypothesis. • Pangea was developed by Alfred  Wegener in 1912 • There are 3 types of plate tectonics ▪ Divergent ­ which move outwards ▪ Convergent ­ move inwards (create collisions) • Example: the Ring of Fire ▪ Transform ­ move back and fourth • Example: the San Andreas Fault • There are two main processes to how  they control landscape. ▪ Building ▪ Destroying   Climate is the long­term conditions over time  over a region • It is summarized by averages • It defines where people live • It defines peoples subsistence • It defines politics and economics • Some regions are essentially defined by  climate   Latitude and longitude • Latitude: ◦ North and South ◦ Lines are parallel (never cross) ◦ 0­90 degrees • Longitude: ◦ East and West ◦ Known as meridians ◦ 0­180 degrees ◦ Lines converge at the poles   Controls on climate • Latitude: ◦ Higher latitude tends to be cooler (less  direct sun) ◦ Lower latitudes tend to be warmer (closer to the equator) • Altitude: ◦ Higher altitudes are usually cooler  (rocky mountains) ◦ Lower altitudes are usually warmer (death valley) • Continentally: ◦ Land heats up quickly and cools slowly;  water heats up slowly and cools slowly • In the summer inland is warmer and  coast is cooler • In the winter inland is cooler and  coast is warmer Climate and earth history • Glaciation ­ a period of global cooling  during which continuous ice sheets expand   Human population • Urbanization ◦ The process of the population moving to  urban areas • This is taking place worldwide • It is most predominant in Eastern  Asia • De­urbanization ◦ The process of the population moving away from urban areas • Some reasons could be: crime,  economy, taxes.   Language • How we communicate • There are over 7,000 languages • There are 15 main languages ◦ Indo­European is the most widespread  spoken language type • It is a product of European  colonization of the world in the 18th and 19th centuries.


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