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Geography Week 1 Notes

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Geography Week 1 Notes GR 1123

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These are the notes from the first 4 classes, mainly the takeaways, but other information has also been added.
intro to world Geography
Christopher Nunley
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North, America, geography




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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Lilli Ames on Monday August 29, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to GR 1123 at Mississippi State University taught by Christopher Nunley in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 36 views. For similar materials see intro to world Geography in Geography at Mississippi State University.


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Date Created: 08/29/16
Introduction to World Geography Week 1 Notes Day 1 Takeaways: - Geography: Study of the spatial distribution of people, places, and things; Greek origin - The four essentials of a map: Don't get LOST! • Legend • Orientation • Scale indicator • Title - Remote sensing: The gaining of information about an object or phenomenon without making contact - GIS: Geographical Information Systems - Realm: The basic special unit for the world - Criteria for a realm: • Physical Functional • • Historical - Region: A subset within a realm - Criteria for a region: • Area • Homogeneity • Setting • Boundaries Location • 1 • Surrounding system/setting boundaries - Technology has made the world smaller - 2/3 of the world is covered by water - Supercontinent: Pangea- plate tectonics cause it to spread apart - 3 types of plate processes: • Divergent Convergent • • Transform Day 2 Takeaways: - Weather: The IMMEDIATE conditions of the atmosphere - Climate: The AVERAGES of conditions of the atmosphere - Areas near the coast, or large bodies of water, have more moderate temperatures. Areas further inland, continentality, have more extreme temperature shifts. - 3 controls on climate: • Latitude • Altitude • Continentality Latitude (parallels): North/South, 0° to 90° Longitude (meridians): East/West, 0° to 180° High latitudes (66.5°-90°) Middle latitudes (23.5°- 66.5°) Low latitudes (0°- 23.5°) - Periods of glaciation and deglaciation occur and impact the sea-levels - Indo-European is the most widespread spoken language and most business is done in English - The largest populations tend to be near the coast or near a large body of water and the largest population custer is in East Asia. - Urbanization: the process by which towns and cities are formed and become larger as more and more people begin living and working in central areas 2 - Deurbanization: the physical decline in the urban population Day 3 Takeaways: - There are 15 main language families; Indo-European is the most widespread spoken - Assimilation: the process by which a person or a group’s language and/or culture come to resemble that of another group. - The religions with the most following are: • Christianity • Islam • Hinduism Buddhism • - STATE: a politically organized territory, administered by a sovereign government, and is recognized by the international community. - 1st world countries: general prosperity - 3rd world countries: poverty - The U.S. shares about 21% of the world’s economy - Canada shares less than 2% (1.8%) - 3 geographic regions of North America are: • Coastal and Interior lowlands • Eastern mountains • Western plateau/mountains/valleys - Longest rivers: Missouri and Mississippi - Largest lake: Superior - Deepest lake: Great Slave Lake 3 Day 4 Takeaways: - The Canadian Shield is very old rock, about 4.5 million years old; It was the first rock to become permanently above sea-level in North America - The North American Craton is old and in the central part of the North American continent. It is very stable geologically - The area of land at the base of the Appalachian Mountains that is broad, flat, and gently sloping towards the coast is known as the Piedmont. - A continent-continent convergent plate boundary is responsible for the development of the Appalachian Mountains - The Great Lakes, Mississippi River System, and the Great Basin are the 3 major drainage areas in North America. 4


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