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GY 101 WEEK ONE NOTES GY 101-002

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These notes cover everything discussed in the "Intro to Geography" lecture.
Atmospheric Processes and Patterns
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Isett Notetaker on Friday August 26, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to GY 101-002 at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa taught by Douglas Sherman in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 103 views. For similar materials see Atmospheric Processes and Patterns in Geography at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa.


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Date Created: 08/26/16
GY 101 WEEK  1 August 25, 2016 Intro to Geography Geo= earth Graphie= to draw Geography is a framework for  • Understanding: ◦ patterns ◦ relationships ◦ processes • conceptualizing • modeling • visualizing  Characteristics • 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  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 • utilize over natural science • ultimate goal: understand ecological, earth surface geology = geomorphology pedology = soil geography 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 Hydrosphere­ all water found on, under, and over the surface of the earth  Atmosphere­ the gases that surround the earth (its air) Biosphere­ all life on earth 


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