UCSB GEOG 155 - What is Geography? (45 pages)

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What is Geography?

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University of California, Santa Barbara
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Geog 155 - ELEMENTS OF PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
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LAST TIME Introduction Latin American Map You set the foundations for the study of humanenvironment relations in Latin America Course Syllabus Course objectives evaluation and assignments TODAY Latin American Diversity Introduction What is Geography Physical Geography of Mexico Caribbean and Central America 1 Mexican drylands 2 Mesoamerican Highlands 3 Coastal Lowlands What is Geography The study of phenomena relative to space scale and place this is the lens through which geographers study virtually any phenomena using a host of methods The study of human environment interactions This is a core theme of geographical inquiry Latin America Diversity I Great size especially N S Topographic land forms and elevation In many places diversity is very close spatially many LA countries are quite diverse Biotic diversity from deserts to tropical rainforests Latin America Diversity II Geographic diversity vast differences is size of countries resource wealth etc Economic diversity vast differences in wealth among and within countries Pre Columbian cultural diversity Amerindian cultures from empires to hunting gathering bands Diverse immigration experience and resulting population patterns Amerindians plus Africans as slaves Asians and Europeans Commonality Roughly common historical and cultural experience unites Roughly similar economic experience of Iberian colonialism Broadly similar language religion cultural values but with important exceptions Common physical environmental regions overlap multiple countries Physical Geography in Latin America Climate long term norms of weather temperature precipitation seasonality etc Natural vegetation super diverse due to elevation latitude and precipitation Soils great variation but with patterns Land forms and elevation the latter is very important to climate and natural vegetation Middle America Environmental Zones Latin American Environmental Subregions Northern Mexican drylands Mexico North of tropic of Cancer Climate desert and



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