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Geog 101

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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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What is Geography?
Introductory Physical Geography
Phillip Larson
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Hallie Notetaker on Friday September 16, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Geog 101 at Minnesota State University - Mankato taught by Phillip Larson in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 26 views. For similar materials see Introductory Physical Geography in Geography at Minnesota State University - Mankato.

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Date Created: 09/16/16
What is Geography? Scientific Method  Hypothesis formulation o Null hypothesis o Alternative  Determine methods  Data collection  Analysis, testing hypothesis  Hypothesis acceptance/rejection o Explanation  Report results Special Science  The study of the nature or character of physical space, its measurement and the distribution of the things within it  Geographers are concerned with answering questions about how and why phenomena vary across the surface of the Earth o Patterns of vegetation as they relate to distributions of climate, soils and topography Location  “The position in space”  Relative location refers to the relationship of one place to another  Place – the human and natural phenomena that give a location its unique character Special Pattern  The patterns of Earth phenomenon Special Interaction  How elements of the Earth system interact with one another to create spatial patterns Geographic Information System (GIS)  Uses computers and software to explore the fundamental principal of geography  Inventory, analysis, management of world aspects  Takes the numbers and words from databases and puts them on a map Remote Sensing  Observes a medium or phenomena without ever coming into contact with it  From a distance (space, aircraft)  Provides a different prospective that provides a relationship for earth systems  Used to observe climate change and its impacts Global Positioning Systems (GPS)  System to find your location anywhere on the Earth near the surface o Uses radio frequency broadcasts from the Earth’s satellites (24)  Developed by the defense program to meet all their navigational needs What is a Process?  A set of actions or mechanism that operate together to perform some action Subfields of Physical Geography  Geomorphology  Soil science/soil geomorphology  Biogeography  Meteorology  Climatology  Natural hazards Spheres of Geography/Characters of Place  Climate  Biogeography (flora, fauna)  Soils  Earth materials (geology)  Landforms (geomorphology)  Hydrology


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