Physical GeographyPhysical Geography
Class 2: Introduction toClass 2: Introduction to
Geography, Science, Earth’sGeography...
What’s your major?What’s your major?
91%
9%
1 2
1.1. Elementary edElementary ed
2.2. OtherOther
Concentration (if elem.Concentration (if elem.
Ed)?Ed)?
10%0%
90%
0%0%
1 2 3 4 5
1.1. HistoryHistory
2.2. LanguageLanguage...
My interest in EarthMy interest in Earth
ScienceScience
18%
27%
27%
27%
0%
1.1. Learning about this interests andLearning ...
My comfort level withMy comfort level with
Earth ScienceEarth Science
9%
55%
18%
18%
0%
1.1. I’m very comfortableI’m very ...
The Earth SystemThe Earth System
Physical GeographyPhysical Geography
 Study of processes and features thatStudy of processes and features that
make up th...
SpecialtiesSpecialties
 MeteorologyMeteorology
 ClimatologyClimatology
 GeomorphologyGeomorphology
 BiogeographyBiogeo...
Themes of Geography
1. Location
2. Characteristics of
Places/Regions
3. Spatial Distribution/
Patterns
3. Spatial Patterns3. Spatial Patterns
4. Spatial Interaction4. Spatial Interaction
 Destruction of the RainforestDestruction of the Rainforest
4. Spatial Interaction
 Mt. Pinatubo and worldwide
temperatures
5. Changes in Earth’s
Features and Systems
6. Human –
Environmental
Interactions
 Post-Katrina New Orleans
The Process of ScienceThe Process of Science
 Must be “testable”Must be “testable”
1. Make observation1. Make observation
2. Propose hypothesis2. Propose hypothesis
3. Technique to test3. Technique to test
hypothesishypothesis
4. Use technique,4. Use technique,
make observationsmake observations
5. Does test support or5. Does test support or
reject hypothesis?reject hypothesis?
6. Accept? Reject?6. Accept? Reject?
Reformulate?Reformulate?
7. Additional testing?7. Additional testing?
““Scientific theory”Scientific theory”
vs. a regular old theoryvs. a regular old theory
Major Divisions/SpheresMajor Divisions/Spheres
 AtmosphereAtmosphere
 LithosphereLithosphere
 HydrosphereHydrosphere
 ...
AtmosphereAtmosphere
LithosphereLithosphere
HydrosphereHydrosphere
BiosphereBiosphere
Interactions betweenInteractions between
SpheresSpheres
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  1. 1. Physical GeographyPhysical Geography Class 2: Introduction toClass 2: Introduction to Geography, Science, Earth’sGeography, Science, Earth’s SpheresSpheres
  2. 2. What’s your major?What’s your major? 91% 9% 1 2 1.1. Elementary edElementary ed 2.2. OtherOther
  3. 3. Concentration (if elem.Concentration (if elem. Ed)?Ed)? 10%0% 90% 0%0% 1 2 3 4 5 1.1. HistoryHistory 2.2. LanguageLanguage 3.3. EnglishEnglish 4.4. MathMath 5.5. ScienceScience
  4. 4. My interest in EarthMy interest in Earth ScienceScience 18% 27% 27% 27% 0% 1.1. Learning about this interests andLearning about this interests and excites meexcites me 2.2. I’m fairly interestedI’m fairly interested 3.3. I’m neutralI’m neutral 4.4. Not very interestedNot very interested 5.5. Not at all interested.Not at all interested.
  5. 5. My comfort level withMy comfort level with Earth ScienceEarth Science 9% 55% 18% 18% 0% 1.1. I’m very comfortableI’m very comfortable 2.2. I’m fairly comfortableI’m fairly comfortable 3.3. I’m neutralI’m neutral 4.4. I’m slightly uncomfortableI’m slightly uncomfortable 5.5. I’m very intimidated – notI’m very intimidated – not comfortable at allcomfortable at all
  6. 6. The Earth SystemThe Earth System
  7. 7. Physical GeographyPhysical Geography  Study of processes and features thatStudy of processes and features that make up the Earth, including themake up the Earth, including the human environment where ithuman environment where it interfaces with the earth.interfaces with the earth.
  8. 8. SpecialtiesSpecialties  MeteorologyMeteorology  ClimatologyClimatology  GeomorphologyGeomorphology  BiogeographyBiogeography  Soil scientistsSoil scientists  OceanographersOceanographers  HydrologistsHydrologists
  9. 9. Themes of Geography 1. Location
  10. 10. 2. Characteristics of Places/Regions
  11. 11. 3. Spatial Distribution/ Patterns
  12. 12. 3. Spatial Patterns3. Spatial Patterns
  13. 13. 4. Spatial Interaction4. Spatial Interaction  Destruction of the RainforestDestruction of the Rainforest
  14. 14. 4. Spatial Interaction  Mt. Pinatubo and worldwide temperatures
  15. 15. 5. Changes in Earth’s Features and Systems
  16. 16. 6. Human – Environmental Interactions  Post-Katrina New Orleans
  17. 17. The Process of ScienceThe Process of Science  Must be “testable”Must be “testable”
  18. 18. 1. Make observation1. Make observation
  19. 19. 2. Propose hypothesis2. Propose hypothesis
  20. 20. 3. Technique to test3. Technique to test hypothesishypothesis
  21. 21. 4. Use technique,4. Use technique, make observationsmake observations
  22. 22. 5. Does test support or5. Does test support or reject hypothesis?reject hypothesis?
  23. 23. 6. Accept? Reject?6. Accept? Reject? Reformulate?Reformulate?
  24. 24. 7. Additional testing?7. Additional testing?
  25. 25. ““Scientific theory”Scientific theory” vs. a regular old theoryvs. a regular old theory
  26. 26. Major Divisions/SpheresMajor Divisions/Spheres  AtmosphereAtmosphere  LithosphereLithosphere  HydrosphereHydrosphere  BiosphereBiosphere
  27. 27. AtmosphereAtmosphere
  28. 28. LithosphereLithosphere
  29. 29. HydrosphereHydrosphere
  30. 30. BiosphereBiosphere
  31. 31. Interactions betweenInteractions between SpheresSpheres

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