Studying Geography • Section 1 Main Ideas • Geography is the study of the world, its people, and the landscapes they create • Geographers look at the world in many different ways • Maps and other tools help geographers study the planet
If YOU lived there… • You have just moved to Miami, Florida, from your old home in Pennsylvania. Everything seems very different – from the weather and the trees to the way people dress and talk. Even the streets and buildings look different. One day you get an e-mail from a friend at your old school. “What’s it like living there?” he asks. • HOW WILL YOU DESCRIBE YOUR NEW HOME?
Studying Geography • What is Geography? • Landscape • All the human and physical features that make a place unique • Geography as a Science and Social Science • Three levels of Geography • Local Level • Regional Level • Global Level
Studying Geography • The Geographer’s Tools • Maps and Globes • Flat Drawing vs. spherical model • Satellite Images • Computer Programs • GIS • Interviews
Holt Chapter 1 – A Geographer’s WorldSECTION 2: GEOGRAPHY THEMESAND ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS
If YOU lived there… • Your older sister has offered to drive you to a friend’s house across town, but she doesn’t know how to get there. You know your friend’s street address and what the apartment building looks like. You know it’s near the public library. You also would recognize some landmarks in the neighborhood, such as the video store and supermarket. • WHAT MIGHT HELP YOUR SISTER FIND THE HOUSE?
Geography Themes and EssentialElements • Main Ideas • The five themes of geography help us organize our studies of the world • The six essential elements of geography highlight some of the subject’s most important ideas
The Five Themes of Geography • Location • Place • Human-Environment Interaction • Movement • Regions
Location • Describes where something is • The mountain shown here, Mount Rainer, is in west- central Washington • Relative Location vs. Absolute Location
Place • Describes the features that make a site unique. • For example, Washingto n, D.C., is our nation’s capital and has many great monuments
Human-Environment Interaction • People interact with their environments in many ways. • Some, like this woman in California, use the land to grow crops
Movement • This theme looks at how and why people, things, and ideas move. • Airports like this one in Dallas, Texas, help people move around the world.
Region • Regions are areas that share common characteristics. • The Mojave Desert, shown here, is defined by its distinctive climate and plant life.
The Six Essential Elements • Help identify the most important ideas in the study of geography • The World in Spatial Terms • Places and Regions • Physical Systems • Human Systems • Environment and Society • The Uses of Geography
Holt Chapter 1 – A Geographer’s WorldSECTION 3: THE BRANCHES OFGEOGRAPHY
If YOU lived there… • You are talking to two friends about the vacations their families will take this summer. One friend says that his family is going to the Grand Canyon. He is very excited about seeing the spectacular landscapes in and around the canyon. Your other friend’s family is going to visit Nashville, Tennessee. She is looking forward to trying new foods at the city’s restaurants and touring its museums. • WHICH VACATION SOUNDS MOST INTERESTING? WHY?
The Branches of Geography • Main Ideas • Physical geography is the study of landforms, water bodies, and other physical features. • Human geography focuses on people, their culture, and the landscapes they create. • Other branches of geography examine specific aspects of the physical or human world.
Physical Geography • What causes different features found on the planet • Keep careful records of temperatures of places, heights of mountains, etc. • Study changes to planet so that we can prepare to live with those changes
Human Geography • People are part of the geography equation • Study the world’s people; past and present • Study how people in different places address basic human needs (food, water, shelter) • Help plan cities, and sometimes protect environment
Other Fields of Geography• Cartography • Science of making maps• Hydrology • The study of water on earth (ie. River systems, rainfall patters)• Meteorology • The study of weather and what causes it