This cartoon is an introduction into the complex and rich world of geography and geographic education. It acts as a catalyst to thinking about the multi-faceted functions of geography, and the myriad of applications of the discipline. The world of geography is much more than place names and state capitals, and this cartoon aims to show the full breadth of the field.
Geography is clearly more than just dots on a map. So, what is geography?
Geography explores three different systems. What are they and how are they related?
How might a geographer approach global problems differently than other scientists?
When a geographer says that he or she examines things from a "spatial perspective", what do they mean?
Critical Thinking: How do you see the work of geographers in your everyday life?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry climate Noun
all weather conditions for a given location over a period of time.
Encyclopedic Entry: climate ecologist Noun
scientist who studies the relationships between organisms and their environments.
geographic information system (GIS) Noun
any system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on the Earth's surface.
Encyclopedic Entry: GIS (geographic information system) geographic perspective Noun
a way to understand a topic or area using spatial features and relationships.
study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.
Encyclopedic Entry: geography geo-literacy Noun
the understanding of human and natural systems, geographic reasoning, and systematic decision-making.
study of geographic features on the landscape and the forces that create them.
human geography Noun
the study of the way human communities and systems interact with their environment.
position of a particular point on the surface of the Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: location physical geography Noun
study of the natural features and processes of the Earth.
political geographer Noun
person who studies the spatial relationships present in government policies.
how human and/or physical features of the Earth are connected to each other.