What Is Geography?

The word derives from the Greek words gê ("the Earth") and graphein ("to write", as in "to describe").

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Definitions of geography on the Web:

Mr. Bowerman's definition of geography - The study of the world, its people, and the interactions between the two.
http://geographyworldonline.com/index.html

Geography: Definition and Much More From Answers.com
The study of the earth and its features and of the distribution of life on the earth, including human life and the effects of human activity.

Study of the earth's surface; includes people's responses to topography and climate and soil and vegetation.
http://www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn

This category includes the entries dealing with the natural environment and the effects of human activity.
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/docs/notesanddefs.html

The science of space and place that brings together Earth's physical and human dimensions in the integrated study of people, places, and environments.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/wildworld/glossary.html

Geography is the study of man's natural environment and how it influences his social and cultural development.
http://www.lcsc.edu/ss150/glossary.htm

The study natural and human constructed phenomena relative to a spatial dimension.
http://www.geog.ouc.bc.ca/physgeog/physgeoglos/g.html

The scientific study of the earth's surface features GLOBE an object shaped like a ball with a map of the earth on it.
http://www.msnucleus.org/membership/html/k-6/uc/dictionary/uckpicdict.html

The science which involves a combination of physical and cultural disciplines which are used to describe, explain and help us to understand our environment and our relationship to it.
http://head-smashed-in-a.ccrs.nrcan.gc.ca/nac2/english/carto/cartglos2_e.html

The Study of the earth's surface. The features of a place or region.
http://www.k12.de.us/drewpyle/Glossary.htm

The physical, surface features of an area or region.
http://www.sitesalive.com/admin/glossary/sectG.html

Study of the earth's surface, includes people's responses to topography and climate and soil and vegetation.
http://webtech.etcmcn.org/tomwallace/PatStanley/Glossary.htm

The study of Earth and the way people, plants, and animals live on and use it.
http://keep3.sjfc.edu/students/jll6160/e-port/unitplan/glossary.htm

Study of the earth's surface; includes people's responses to topography and climate and soil and vegetation.
http://www.hyperdictionary.com/search.aspx?define=geography

The study of the locational and spatial variation in both physical and human phenomena on Earth.
http://www.free-definition.com/Geography.html

1. The natural features of a certain part of the earth.
2. The study of the surface of the earth and how it is divided into continents, countries, seas, etc. Geography also deals with the climates, plants, animal, minerals, etc. of the earth.
http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Trails/1018/cwgloss.html

1. The science which treats of the world and its inhabitants; a description of the earth, or a portion of the earth, including its structure, features, products, political divisions, and the people by whom it is inhabited. It also includes the responses and adaptations of people to topography, climate, soil and vegetation.
2. study of the earth's surface; includes people's responses to topography and climate and soil and vegetation.
http://www.webster-dictionary.org/definition/geography

1. The study of the earth and its features and of the distribution of life on the earth, including human life and the effects of human activity.
2. The physical characteristics, especially the surface features, of an area.
3. A book on geography.
4. An ordered arrangement of constituent elements: charting a geography of the mind.
5. The science which treats of the world and its inhabitants; a description of the earth, or a portion of the earth, including its structure, features, products, political divisions, and the people by whom it is inhabited.
6. Study of the earth's surface; includes people's responses to topography and climate and soil and vegetation.
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=geography

1. A social science that focuses on the spatial distribution of human and physical phenomena.
2. The study of the physical world, its inhabitants, the interaction between the two, and the patterns and systems involved.
3. The world and all that is in it.
4. The study of pattern and processes asociated with the earth.
5. The study of relationships between humans and their environment by emphasizing a spatial and environmental perspective at a variety of scales.
6. A spatial discipline---it is a perspective that seeks to understand patterns on Earth and the processes that created them.
7. The study of humans interacting with their environment including the physical environment, the built environment and socially constructed spaces.
8. And a spatial perspective of all human and physical phenomena.
http://www2.una.edu/geography/statedepted/definitions.html

1. The purpose of geography is to provide "a view of the whole" earth by mapping the location of places. – Ptolemy, 150
2. Synoptic discipline synthesizing findings of other sciences through the concept of Raum (area or space) – Immanuel Kant, c. 1780
3. Synthesizing discipline to connect the general with the special through measurement, mapping, and a regional emphasis – Alexander von Humboldt, 1845
4. Man in society and local variations in environment - Halford Mackinder, 1887
5. How environment apparently controls human behavior - Ellen Semple, c. 1911
6. Study of human ecology; adjustment of man to natural surroundings - Harland Barrows, 1923
7. "The science concerned with the formulation of the laws governing the spatial distribution of certain features on the surface of the earth." - Fred Schaefer, 1953
8. "To provide accurate, orderly, and rational description and interpretation of the variable character of the earth surface." - Richard Hartshorne, 1959
9. "Geography is both science and art" - H.C. Darby, 1962
10. "To understand the earth as the world of man" - J.O.M. Broek, 1965
11. "Geography is fundamentally the regional or chorological science of the surface of the earth." - Robert E. Dickinson, 1969
12. "Study of variations in phenomena from place to place." - Holt-Jensen, 1980
13. "...concerned with the locational or spatial variation in both physical and human phenomena at the earth's surface" - Martin Kenzer, 1989
14. "Geography is the study of earth as the home of people" - Yi-Fu Tuan, 1991
15. "Geography is the study of the patterns and processes of human (built) and environmental (natural) landscapes, where landscapes comprise real (objective) and perceived (subjective) space." - Gregg Wassmansdorf, 1995
http://geography.about.com/od/studygeography/a/geodefinitions.htm

The purpose of geography is to provide "a view of the whole" earth by mapping the location of places. – Ptolemy, 150

Synoptic discipline synthesizing findings of other sciences through the concept of Raum (area or space) – Immanuel Kant, c. 1780

Synthesizing discipline to connect the general with the special through measurement, mapping, and a regional emphasis – Alexander von Humboldt, 1845

Man in society and local variations in environment - Halford Mackinder, 1887 How environment apparently controls human behavior - Ellen Semple, c. 1911

Study of human ecology; adjustment of man to natural surroundings - Harland Barrows, 1923

"The science concerned with the formulation of the laws governing the spatial distribution of certain features on the surface of the earth." - Fred Schaefer, 1953

"To provide accurate, orderly, and rational description and interpretation of the variable character of the earth surface." - Richard Hartshorne, 1959

"Geography is both science and art" - H.C. Darby, 1962

"To understand the earth as the world of man" - J.O.M. Broek, 1965 "Geography is fundamentally the regional or chorological science of the surface of the earth." - Robert E. Dickinson, 1969 "Study of variations in phenomena from place to place." - Holt-Jensen, 1980 "...concerned with the locational or spatial variation in both physical and human phenomena at the earth's surface" - Martin Kenzer, 1989 "Geography is the study of earth as the home of people" - Yi-Fu Tuan, 1991 "Geography is the study of the patterns and processes of human (built) and environmental (natural) landscapes, where landscapes comprise real (objective) and perceived (subjective) space." - Gregg Wassmansdorf, 1995 "As a young man, my fondest dream was to become a geographer. However, while working in the customs office I thought deeply about the matter and concluded it was too difficult a subject. With some reluctance I then turned to physics as a substitute." - Albert Einstein (Attributed to Albert Einstein, this quote was actually written by Duane F. Marble, Professor of Geography at Ohio State University. Professor Marble wrote the quote and put it on his office door at SUNY at Buffalo in response to the cool welcome received by the geography department which had taken over part of the physics building. - Matt)

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