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  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. Earth’s Four Spheres• Atmosphere• Lithosphere• Hydrosphere• Biosphere © 2007, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
  5. 5. Scientific Method• Recognition of a Problem• Formulation of Hypothesis• Test Hypothesis • Collect Data • Observe/Analyze • Experiment © 2007, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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.

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