Geog 101 Geog 101
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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