Wednesday, December 28, 2011


In the previous section, we discovered that geography consists of at least two different sub-fields of knowledge with similar methodology: Physical geography and human geography. The following table also helps to make the differences between these two types of geography more apparent. This table describes some of the phenomena or elements studied by each of these sub-fields of knowledge. Knowing what kinds of things are studied by geographers provides us with a better understanding of the differences between physical and human geography.

Table 1b-1: Some of the phenomena studied in physical and human geography.

 Physical Geography  Human Geography
 Rocks and Minerals  Population
 Landforms  Settlements
 Soils  Economic Activities
 Animals  Transportation
 Plants  Recreational Activities
 Water  Religion
 Atmosphere  Political Systems
 Rivers and Other Water Bodies  Social Traditions
 Environment  Human Migration
 Climate and Weather  Agricultural Systems
 Oceans  Urban Systems

Pidwirny, M. (2006). "Elements of Geography". Fundamentals of Physical Geography, 2nd Edition. 28/12/2011.

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