Geographers study the locations and interrelations of natural and/or cultural features. They emphasize through their research and teaching the physical-human unity, which gives character to places. Geographers try to develop in themselves and in others a "geographical imagination," an appreciation of and sensitivity to the role played by space and place in our understanding of the world which is our habitat. Geographers ask such fundamental questions as; Where are things found? Why there? Are these good locations or distributions? Would there be better locations or distributions? Their interests focus on such themes as:

  • Relationships between humans and the natural environment,
  • Spatial relationships of natural or cultural features,
  • Natural processes involving landforms, water, soil, weather, and climate,
  • Cultural landscapes or "built" environments as they are and as they might be developed through urban and regional planning.


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