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By Alan F. Arbogast

Learning actual Geography, 2d variation offers a finished suite of animations, simulations and interactivities that support readers understand very important Earth approaches. brilliant photographs, animations, movies, simulations, exams and digital box journeys all aid the narrative fabric and allow readers to have interaction with key strategies and actively perform visualizations.

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A good analogy of great circles in the Earth’s grid system is the set of circles that separate orange segments after the fruit is peeled. If you examine a peeled orange closely, you will see that these great circles all converge on the top and bottom of the fruit and bisect it into many segments. 2a). The common feature of each of these circles is they have the center of Earth as their core and they bisect Earth into two equal halves. Great circles are also important because their outlines reflect the shortest distance between any two points on the planet.

Abundant evidence suggests that this relationship is contributing significantly to global climate change. • Deforestation—The clearing of the tropical rainforests is occurring at a very rapid rate, leading to soil erosion, loss of wildlife habitat, and species extinctions. • Farmland loss—Due to increasing global population, farmland is being converted to zones of economic development and residential housing. This loss of farmland is resulting in more intensive farming of agricultural soils still in use, which increases the risk of soil erosion and pollution due to the extensive application of fertilizers and pesticides.

Although the location of places is certainly a part of geography, the field encompasses much more. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that whatever you like to do and wherever you live, geography is very much a part of your everyday life. Geography is an ancient discipline that examines the spatial attributes of the Earth’s surface and how they differ from one place to another. Derived from the Greek words for “Earth description,” the concept of geography has likely been a central part of the human experience for tens of thousands of years.

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