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  1. What is geography? • geo, from the Greek for Earth • -graphy, description and depiction • Geography = Earth writing and drawing

  2. Geography: It’s not just about answers ... • What’s the capital of North Dakota? • What’s the most populous country? • Which direction does the Nile flow? … it’s about asking questions, too.

  3. Geography: It’s not just about answers ... • What’s the capital of North Dakota? • Bismarck • What’s the most populous country? • Which direction does the Nile flow? … it’s about asking questions, too.

  4. Geography: It’s not just about answers ... • What’s the capital of North Dakota? • Bismarck • What’s the most populous country? • China • Which direction does the Nile flow? … it’s about asking questions, too.

  5. Geography: It’s not just about answers ... • What’s the capital of North Dakota? • Bismarck • What’s the most populous country? • China • Which direction does the Nile flow? • Down hill! … it’s about asking questions, too.

  6. The three geographical questions (3GQ) … • Where is it? • Why is it there? • How does it interact with the world around it? … tools for problem solving

  7. Practice the 3GQ: What geographic questions can you ask about this scene? Kolkata, India

  8. Kolkata, India • Where are these people going? • Why are they here? • How does their movement interact with the world?

  9. Going global: A geographic riddle … What sails across the oceans? But begins life in small, round seas? Brings a gift from the Nile? But buzzes to you in Japanese? • … listen and learn the answer • National Public Radio What sails across the oceans? But begins life in small, round seas? Brings a gift from the Nile? But buzzes to you in Japanese? • … listen and learn the answer • National Public Radio

  10. Please give a warm Hoosier welcome to … … the Asian Tiger Mosquito.

  11. The Asian Tiger Mosquito … coming to a warm, damp place near you.

  12. Global trade: used tires, a great place to grow mosquitoes, and what a bargain! Global transport: fast ships, sealed containers means more mosquitoes arrive alive Global warming: Some like it hot, especially if you’re a mosquito

  13. Three geographic questions (3GQ) • Where is the Asian Tiger mosquito? • warm places with standing water • Why is it here? • global trade in used tires • “improvements” in shipping technology • How does it interact with the world around it? • Tropical diseases, delivered to your doorstep!

  14. Q: What do geographers do? A: They solve problems by answering the 3GQ The three geographic questions (3GQ) • Where is it? • Why is it there? • How does it interact with the world around it?

  15. Where is Elvis tenderly loved, and where is he not?