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A Definition of Geography?

Greek -- Earth writing. Writing about, i.e. describing, the earth.

"Geography is an integrative discipline that brings together the physical and human dimensions of the world in the study of people, places, and environments. Its subject matter is the Earth's surface and the processes that shape it, the relationships between people and environments, and the connections between people and places." -Geography for Life: National Geography Standards 1994, p 18.

Geographic Questions

Themes and considerations

The Five Themes (from 1984 AAG and NCGE for school curriculum)

Geography for Life: National Geography Standards 1994

Geography Education Standards Project --- developed on behalf of: American Geographical Society; Association of American Geographers; National Council for Geographic Education; National Geographic Society

"Cutting Up" Geography as a subject...

Urban Geography

... studying the geography of cities.

Cities are

... marked by density of people and built environment.

... simultaneously the products and the shapers of economic, social apolitical, cultural, and technological change."

Urbanization as a process of Interaction between People and the Environment that results in cities.

Why cities locate where they do.

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