Geography as a Discipline

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What is the main reason discussed in the text for studying geography?

To learn about the physical environment of the Earth and human activities

In what way did primitive societies primarily survive according to the text?

By relying on edible plants and animals for food

How did human societies adapt to changes in weather conditions over time?

By adjusting food habits and clothing to match weather patterns

What are some factors that vary over space according to the text?

Cultural practices and social organizations

How has human reliance on natural resources evolved over time as mentioned in the text?

Humans have developed technologies to sustainably use natural resources

What is an essential aspect of studying geography as highlighted in the text?

Learning about spatial attributes and interactive relationships

What is the main focus of geography based on the text?

Appreciating diversity

How does geography help individuals contribute to national development?

By developing skills in GIS and computer cartography

Who was the Greek scholar credited with coining the term 'geography'?


In simple terms, what does geography primarily involve?

Describing the Earth's surface

Why is the Earth considered multi-dimensional according to the text?

Owing to its geographical landmarks

What was Eratosthenes' definition of geography according to the text?

'The description of the Earth as human habitat'

Study Notes

Introduction to Geography

  • Geography is the study of the earth as an integrating discipline that examines the spatial attributes of the physical environment and its interaction with human activities.

Importance of Geography

  • Our lives are affected by our surroundings in many ways, and we depend on natural resources to sustain ourselves.
  • Understanding geography helps us appreciate diversity and investigate the causes of variations over time and space.

Branches of Geography

  • Physical Geography: studies the natural environment, including mountains, hills, valleys, plains, plateaus, oceans, lakes, deserts, and wilderness.
  • Human Geography: examines the social and cultural features created by human beings, such as villages, cities, roads, railways, ports, and markets.

Definition of Geography

  • Derived from Greek roots "geo" (earth) and "graphos" (description), meaning the description of the earth.
  • Scholars define geography as "the description of the earth as the abode of human beings".

Significance of Studying Geography

  • Helps develop skills to understand the globe and its variations over time and space.
  • Equips students to contribute to national development using modern scientific techniques like GIS and computer cartography.

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