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Discovering Physical Geography by Alan F. Arbogast

By Alan F. Arbogast

Getting to know actual Geography, 2d version offers a finished suite of animations, simulations and interactivities that aid readers understand vital Earth tactics. brilliant photographs, animations, movies, simulations, tests and digital box journeys all aid the narrative fabric and allow readers to engage with key approaches and actively perform visualizations.

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As you probably know, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in the summer of 2005, causing billions of dollars of damage, much of it occurring when the city of New Orleans was extensively flooded. Before the storm reached land, geographers were at the forefront of the effort to monitor the storm’s path and predict where the most significant damage would occur. Once the storm passed, geographers began conducting research on the impact Introduction to Physical Geography 10/26/10 12:01 PM that the hurricane had on a variety of issues, including the shape of the coastline, distribution of wetlands, and the regional economy, to name just a few.

The geographer might look for similarities (such as language) among groups across physical space, which might explain why certain people align themselves politically with others. In the course of this study, the geographer would have integrated several variables into one picture, including language, religion, history, and climate. Such a study might contribute to an understanding of why people differ across this region and why sources of conflict remain. Defining Physical Geography Now that the fundamental nature of geography as a broad field has been defined, let’s focus on a more comprehensive definition of physical geography.

In order to account for the Earth’s shape when locating places, the grid must consist of a series of intersecting circles, with one set extending north and south and the other set east and west. 2 Great and small circles. (a) Examples of great circles on Earth. (b) Examples of small circles on Earth. ing the circles that are oriented in a north–south direction. These circles converge at the North and South Poles on their way to the other side of Earth. 2a). A good analogy of great circles in the Earth’s grid system is the set of circles that separate orange segments after the fruit is peeled.

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