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Geography is the key, the crucial accident of birth. A piece of protein could be a snail, a sea lion, or a systems analyst, but it had to start somewhere. This is not science; it is merely metaphor. And the landscape in which the protein "starts" shapes its end as surely as bowls shape water. ― Annie Dillard, American author

The popular impression of geography is all about maps and a classroom version of world traveling. Indeed, much of geography is concerned with maps and places; but those are only the foundation. Geography is really about how location on the planet influences what happens there.

Think about how  "place"  affects how people live. Imagine someone you know (maybe yourself)  living in Miami, Florida. Then imagine that same person living in Omsk, Siberia.

Geography is also multidisciplinary. Can you understand how the following disciplines can be combined with onsider these examples:

  • Sociology
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology, Meteorology, and Oceanography

So if you decide to explore geography with us, you will see that maps are, indeed, an important part of the work ... just only the beginning. Geography can take you to a lot of places, in both the physical and academic realms.

Oh, and another thing:  Modern geography is no longer limited to studies of this planet Earth. How about Lunar and Martian geography? You can learn more about that in the Career Bits section.

We don't want to leave you with the impression that the study of maps, as such, is trivial. It is not. The formal study of maps is called cartography.




David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015