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Physical Geography 2300 Week 1 Notes

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Physical Geography 2300 Week 1 Notes GEOG 2300

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Physical Geography
Anji Seth
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Carson Espejo on Friday September 16, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to GEOG 2300 at University of Connecticut taught by Anji Seth in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 3 views. For similar materials see Physical Geography in Geography at University of Connecticut.


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Date Created: 09/16/16
Unit 1 Physical Geography subfields of physical geography ­ geology—geomorphology ­ meteorology—climatology ­ botany—plant geog ­ ecology—biogeography ­ zoology—zoogeography ­ pedology—soil geography ­ marine science—marine geography ­ hydrology—water resources Scientific method ­ observations  <————————>problem identification • hypothesis • prediction • experiment • evaluate hypothesis ­ if not proven, go back to hypothesis ­ if proven, evidence supports theory Earth System science ­ open vs closed systems ­ laws of conservation: mass, energy, momentum ­ equilibrium: static, dynamic ­ feedbacks: positive, negative ­ reservoir: can be considered as a system • contains energy, mass and momentum exchanges within the system and between  the system and its surroundings • most systems we’ll discuss are open systems; closed systems do not exchange  energy or matter across boundaries ­ dynamic equilibrium • Miami Beach ­ positive/negative feedback • feedback is a process in a system where if something gives a kick to the system, a  feedback will cycle around and hit back on the kick, either with it or against it • e.g positive feedback: less sunlight in Siberia in winter—> lower temp—> more  persistent seasonal snow cover in Siberia—> less sunlight absorbed—> lower temp • negative feedback: “                    “—> “                    “ —> greater temperature  difference across midlatitudes—> more storminess and greater poleward heat  transfer into Siberia—> higher temperature in Siberia Unit 2 earth’s geometry and size ­ due to rotation, and centrifugal force, the Earth is more elliptical than spherical ­ earth is actually smooth, not rough ­ spheres • lithosphere • biosphere • cryosphere • atmosphere • hydrosphere distribution of land and sea ­ more land in north hemisphere with polar (Arctic) ocean ­ more ocean in southern hemisphere with polar continent (Antarctica) ­ land hemisphere


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