Intro to Geography Essay

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Introduction to Geography
Research paper week 7 I learned more than I anticipated while studying the Introduction to Geography. There are Four Geographic Traditions; Earth Science Tradition, Culture-Environment Tradition, Location Tradition and Area Analysis Tradition. The Earth Science Tradition covers physical geography such as landforms, natural resources, weather and climate. I found the text on natural resources to be very helpful, informative and important for our current economy. The Culture-Environment Tradition discusses population geography, spatial interaction and culture geography. During one of the class discussions about population I learned that in just 22 hours the world population increased by more than 233,000 people.
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The weather affects us constantly, whether rain or shine. Tropical storms and hurricanes have been in the news a lot lately. Since I live on the Gulf of Mexico I have learned that during hurricane season it is critical to pay attention to the weather and be prepared for a hurricane. I think about how much more damage would be caused and how many lives could be lost if we didn’t have an understanding of the weather. Even today with resources such as the weather channel and local news reports we cannot prevent damage to the environment completely. We can however evacuate people to save lives and build better hurricane resistant buildings in hurricane prone areas. “The National Hurricane Center is a component of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction.” (nhc.noaa.gov) The National Hurricane Center is a great on-line tool. It has information such as; local forecast, cyclone forecast, marine forecast, tools, data and information about outreach and education. It’s so detailed that you can even get a list of items needed to be prepared for a hurricane. “A hurricane begins in a low pressure zone over warm waters, usually in the Northern Hemisphere.” (Introduction to Geography, Getis, page 97) “The central core of the storm that is calm is known as the eye.” (Introduction to Geography, Getis, page 97) “In the western Pacific these storms are known as typhoons.” (Introduction to Geography, Getis, page 97) Thanks to weather research we now know

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