An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment by Joseph Holden

By Joseph Holden

This hugely revered and best-selling textbook presents a fascinating and accomplished advent to the foremost issues inside of actual geography. It makes a speciality of figuring out the inter-linkages among approaches, locations and environments and is absolutely illustrated to illustrate how the actual surroundings works. An advent to actual Geography and the surroundings is followed via a wealthy and vast diversity of digital aid assets together with up-to-date weblinks proper for every bankruptcy, a number of selection questions, fieldwork workouts, interactive types and movies. The textual content is appropriate for either undergraduate and postgraduate examine within the box of actual geography.

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Arab traders travelled throughout Asia, Africa and the Indian Ocean and added a great deal of geographical knowledge to update the classical sources. Any European geographical work was trivial in comparison with the huge amount published by Islamic writers of the Middle Ages. Exploration and learning also flourished in China with advanced triangulation techniques allowing exceptionally good quality maps of the region to be produced from the first century ad onwards. Indeed official Chinese historical texts contained a geographical section from this period onwards, which was often an enormous compilation of changes in place-names and local administrative divisions controlled by the ruling dynasty, descriptions of mountain ranges, river systems, taxable products and so on.

This is based on deductive reasoning. 6 provides a conceptual diagram of this approach. If a theory survives falsification after testing it can still not be proved. You can only say that it has not been disproved. This is the basis for most scientific approaches today. For instance, one theory may be that all sheep have four legs. You test this by observing sheep. If you find every sheep has four legs then you can say that the evidence corroborates the theory and probably all sheep have four legs.

However, it was because geography was inextricably linked to exploration, patriotism and colonization that it was considered an important subject by the society of the time. indd 5 09/04/12 9:32 AM Chapter 1 Approaching physical geography people’s perception of the shape and size of features of the Earth and bringing potential ‘wealth’ to nations that conquered and colonized others. 1 Uniformitarianism Prior to the early nineteenth century the prevailing belief of the western world had been that the Earth was created in 4004 bc.

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