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Introducation to course and Weather and Climate

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Date Created: 09/21/16
GGS 101 Week 1  Why geography?  Identifying who, what, where, why, and how  Special analysis – identifying who, what, where, and why  3 basic components to a geographic inquiry  Description- what is it? This would include basic special information  Location- where is it? How does it relate to other like things or places?  Explanation- why is it there? How does it work?  Examples: Great Blue Heron  Description: what is a Great Blue Heron? What is it like in it environment?  Location: where are they located on the larger scale?  Explanation: why are blue heron’s food found in particular habitats?  Subfields of Geography  Physical geography  Human/cultural geography  Population geography  Economic geography  Bio-geography  Medical geography  Transportation geography  Meteorology  Cartography  GIS/Imagery and Photo Analysis  Weather and Climate  Weather is what happens day to day  Climate is weather averaged over a period of time  Air Temperature  Why do temperatures vary from place to place?  The angle at which the sun’s rays strike the earth  Number of daylight hours  Amount of water vapor in the air  The degree of cloud cover  The nature of the earth’s surface  Elevation above sea level  The degree of air movement  When and where is the sun’s energy the strongest?  Tropic of cancer and Capricorn  Solstices and equinoxes  The solar powered earth  Insolation: the measurement of sunlight received on the earth’s surface  Insolation affects:  Temperature  Air pressure  Ocean currents  Mapping Temperature  Isotherms used to map temperature  Isotherms tend to be expressed in east and west latitudinal bands  Temperature range: difference between minimum and maximum temperatures  Greatest in the middles of large land masses in upper latitudes  Plane of the ecliptic: imaginary line that extends from the middle of the sun to the middle of the earth  The plane of the ecliptic moves day to day


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