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Geoffrey J. Martin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336023

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336023.001.0001

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The Study of Geographical Regions

The Study of Geographical Regions

(p.232) 5 The Study of Geographical Regions
American Geography and Geographers

Geoffrey Martin

Oxford University Press

The development of the physiographic province, illustrated in the previous chapter, encouraged the emergence of the concept of the geographical region. Such a geographical region would embrace the physical environment, climatic regime, and humankind—its culture, accomplishment, and distribution. Maps of geographical regions may be of small areas, countries, or the world. Andrew J. Herbertson (1905) proposed a scheme of world natural regions which was studied and modified by numerous geographers in Britain, then spread from Britain to the Empire via international readings and examinations and across Europe and North America. In the United States, as elsewhere, Herbertson’s accomplishment became a fundamental part of the discipline in evolution.

Keywords:   region, section, interpretation, occupance, curricula

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