Many Specialized Fields of Geography • Economic Geography • Urban Geography • Political Geography • Historical Geography • Cultural Geography ** Method of study- is what binds all of these together. (the manner in which the material is collected, analyzed and presented)
Acid Rain (Example) • Chemistry – understand how sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide react with moisture in the air to produce acid rain • Biology – understand its effect on life forms from algae to fish to trees. • Economics – cost of installing smokestack scrubbers that will reduce pollution from coal-burning factories and power plants. • Geographer – look at all of these areas and reach practical solutions that are presented to the public, industries or the government.
How do Geographer’s Look at the world? • As a distinct physical body called Earth • As an interconnected physical, chemical, and biological environment • As a place where human beings live
Using the Geographic Method to Answer Questions and Solve Problems (See table p.9) • Ask Questions. • Collect data • Organize and display data 4) Analyze and interpret data 5) Make your decision Example: Buying your first car.
Opening a RestaurantCase Study • With a partner, apply the geographic method as you consider the case study on page 8.