- the science dealing with the areal differentiation of the earth's surface, as shown in the character, arrangement, and interrelations over the world of such elements as climate, elevation, soil, vegetation, population, land use, industries, or states, and of the unit areas formed by the complex of these individual elements.
- the study of this science.
- the topographical features of a region, usually of the earth, sometimes of the planets.
- a book dealing with this science or study, as a textbook.
- the arrangement of features of any complex entity: the geography of the mind.
Origin of geography
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Examples from the Web for geography
These trends will affect everything from geography to culture and politics.Trustafarians Want to Tell You How to Live
October 31, 2014
Much of the appeal of the Bay Area is a result of happy coincidence of history and geography.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay
October 5, 2014
Even in the smallest of Indian locales, the divisions of geography and nationalism are played out on a micro scale.The Real India Revealed
August 6, 2014
Yet for all the ideological sparring, the campaign may be decided by something far less exotic: geography.D-Day for Milton Wolf, Obama’s Tea Party Cousin, in Kansas Senate Primary
August 5, 2014
Bonnett has been a risk taker since his early days in the field of geography.Discovering Underground Labyrinths, Remote Cities, and More of the World’s Lost Places
July 8, 2014
We studied the history and geography of a world only half explored.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Making an excuse for haste, I asked Zimmern to get the geography for me.City of Endless Night
The earth's interior, Dr. Shapley said, is the "third dimension" of geography.
Our geography, that is to say, is too much for the Yankee brain.The American Mind
Upon its margins Columbus wrote his own opinions about geography.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
- the study of the natural features of the earth's surface, including topography, climate, soil, vegetation, etc, and man's response to them
- the natural features of a region
- an arrangement of constituent parts; plan; layout
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Word Origin and History for geography
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The scientific study of the Earth's surface and its various climates, countries, peoples, and natural resources.
- The physical characteristics, especially the surface features, of an area.
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