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What is Geography?

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Sarah Larsen

on 2 September 2016

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Transcript of What is Geography?

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
What is Geography?
Studying geography helps us understand people, places, and environments, and how they all affect one another.
Definition of
Geography:
1. "Geo" =
earth
"graphy" =
to describe/explain

SO:
Geography= A study with the goal of
explaining the earth.
2.
What's where?
Why there?
Why care?
In order to understand a place on earth, geographers have to ask these 3 questions:
What is this?
Let's take a look at an example:
The Eiffel Tower
In Paris, France
Where is it?
Built for the World's Fair in 1889.

Now of the world's most popular tourist attractions.
Why is it there?
Built by French architects in the late 1800s
How did it get there?
How does it affect the people living there?
Brings millions of tourists to the city
Helps the economy
Symbol of French national pride

How does the environment affect it?
Made of iron --> conductor of heat
Can be struck by lightning
Heat from sun can cause tower to expand and lean to one side

3. Physical
Geography:
the study of natural features on Earth
Landforms
Animals
Weather
Two types of Geography
4. Human
/Cultural Geography
The study of people:
Where they
live
Where/why they
move
What they
create
What they
do
What they
think
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