Geography Books

From the land and its features to natural events and human inhabitants, geography studies the surface of the Earth in order to understand complexities in the human population as well as natural phenomena. It has been called “the bridge between the human and physical sciences” given its interdisciplinary nature and range of applications. Explore information here about how geography can put you in the realm of tech giants, humanitarian projects, or even in space exploration.

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The Where and the Who

Modern geography is the study of both physical places as well as the people living in them. Physical geography looks more at the climate, land forms, oceans, and soil of the planet. Human geography looks at how people are spread across it, and at how these people interact with each other and with their environment. In this category, you can learn about the importance of geography through time, and how we apply it today.

Probably the first thing to come to most peoples’ minds is mapping. Sure, maps are a big part of actually studying and working in geography. But you have to ask, what purpose do these maps serve? In ancient times, mapping may have come even before written language in many places. They helped people understand the world around them and communicate that understanding with others through visual means.

This still holds true today. Maps help us understand complex information that can be hard to understand in other formats. For example, making a map of polluted water sources and comparing it to a map of human population can help easily show where the pollution is coming from. Authorities in the matter can then take action to halt further damage and prevent similar problems in the future.

Modern Geography

Mapping today isn’t so much about pictures on paper for navigating. Rather, almost all mapping now uses some form of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software. This software represents, analyses, and predicts relationships between the parts of an area. Database systems and general computer science are crucial skills to build if wanting to make useful modern maps.

With all the tech around today, geography is also a tool for connecting people. Interactive maps with images, videos, and more built in let people see and better understand people in other areas. In fact, geography explains some important parts of culture in many areas, and vice versa. Cultures and traditions grow out of local landscapes that come with certain advantages and hardships. Understanding this can help us all see why other people behave the way they do, rather than dismissing their actions as “other.”

Without the advancements that have been made and continue to be made, we wouldn’t have many of the comforts of everyday modern life. Of course vital tools like Google Maps come to mind. Check out the books available here to see the other surprising contributions of the field, and how you can become part of it all.

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