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Video:What Is Geography?

with Matt Rosenberg

Always wondered about geography and where the term comes from? Here, learn all about geography and its origin.See Transcript

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Transcript:What Is Geography?

The ancient Greeks created the word "geography" from the roots "ge" for earth and "grapho" for "to write." These people experienced many adventures and needed a way to explain and communicate the differences between various lands.

Information About Geography

Today, researchers in the field of geography still focus on people and cultures (under cultural geography), and the planet earth (under physical geography). The features of the earth are the domain of physical geographers and their work includes research about climates, the formation of landforms, and plant and animal distribution.

More Facts About Geography

Working in closely related areas, the research of physical geographers and geologists often overlaps. Religion, languages, and cities are a few of the specialties of cultural geographers. Their research into the intricacies of human existence is fundamental to our understanding of cultures. Cultural geographers want to know why various groups practice certain rituals, speak in different dialects, or organize their cities in a particular way. Geographers plan new communities, decide where new highways should be placed, and establish evacuation plans.

New Technologies in Geography

Computerized mapping and data analysis is known as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a new frontier in geography. There's always something new to research in geography: new nation-states are created, natural disasters strike populated areas, the world's climate changes, and the Internet brings millions of people closer together. Knowing where countries and oceans are on a map is important but geography is much more than the answers to trivia questions. Having the ability to geographically analyze allows us to understand the world in which we live.Thanks for watching.

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