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    • Physical Geography by Alan Arbogast Chapter 1Introduction to Physical Geography Lawrence McGlinn Department of Geography State University of New York - New Paltz © 2007, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
    • Scope of Geography• Much more than memorizing locations• Spatial attributes of Earth’s surface & how they vary from place to place• Geography as Interdisciplinary Science• Human and Physical Geography• Spatial Analysis © 2007, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
    • Defining Physical Geography• Spatial Analysis of physical components and natural processes of Earth• Key to processes is incoming solar radiation• Interconnected processes constitute natural systems• Physical Geography stresses interconnections © 2007, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
    • Earth’s Four Spheres• Atmosphere• Lithosphere• Hydrosphere• Biosphere © 2007, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
    • Scientific Method• Recognition of a Problem• Formulation of Hypothesis• Test Hypothesis • Collect Data • Observe/Analyze • Experiment © 2007, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
    • Textbook Organization• Chapter 2 – Tools• Chapters 3-5 – Earth’s relationship w/Sun• Chapters 6-9 – Atmosphere• Chapters 10-11 – Plants and Soils• Chapter 12 – Earth Materials• Chapters 13-19 - Landforms © 2007, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
    • Geographical Literacy• Americans’ poor geographic knowledge• Map Literacy : • Identifying states and countries • Identifying physical regions• Visual literacy • Reading the landscape © 2007, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
    • Physical Geography’s Relevance• Interesting, exciting links to real world• A better understanding of one’s locality• Make travel more fulfilling• Info on environmental issues• Good job opportunities © 2007, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.