Geography and Mathematics: Converting Geography Coordinates to Decimal Format

Location is a crucial part of geography. With location, geographic coordinates come with it. How will you know where something is without those geographic coordinates? The mathematics is in the details.

It is also in the conversions. This video below shows that mathematics can be applied to geography. Converting geographic coordinates from minutes/seconds format to decimal format is used in geodesy, cartography, surveying, for navigating, and applications in which known geographic coordinates is a necessity.

The coordinates of Seattle,USA is used as an example for this video.

Geography Is More Than Trivia.

As someone who has a BA in Geography, this is one thing to really mention: Geography is far more than trivia. Why bring this up?

Well, there is this article to consider: http://metro.co.uk/2015/08/28/13-things-only-people-who-studied-geography-at-university-will-understand-5363121/

Granted, this is meant to be taken with a laugh, as this is most likely what it’s meant for.

The article from Metro 59.1, 13 things only people who studied Geography at university will understand, it afforded some really important things to think about. The article was written by Rebecca Merchant.

Granted, I’m not from the UK(where this was written), but from the USA. However, it leaves alot to understand with humor, specifically regarding capital cities and pub quizzes.

Some people really to reduce geography to just quizzes and trivia. There is so much more to think about. Data collection, statistics, demographics, environmental issues, spatial analysis, Geographic Information Systems, surveying, weather, erosion, and so many other subjects.

Perhaps one of the reasons geography gets reduced to such a status is because this is often what many school children often learn. Geography is not taught rigorously. Furthermore, many people don’t begin to understand the first idea of what geography is about. It is about the earth. In order to understand that, it will take more than learning trivia and state capital to get the general idea.

Geography of Fall Foliage

In North America, this is the first day of autumn, also known as fall. Fall often means the leaves are changing from deep, verdant greens to vermillions, reds, and tawny hues.

However, depending on where you are, it doesn’t happen everywhere at the same time.

Certain areas of the USA, specifically the colder areas, will see their fall foliage peak at this end of this month. Areas further south, such as Texas, most of Georgia, and Louisiana, won’t see a fall foliage peak until November. Something to think about in terms of geography, and what time the leaves change colors. Below is a map of average fall foliage peak by date.

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Equinox

Happy Autumn(Or Spring if you live in the Southern Hemisphere).

Today, 23 September 2015 is the day the earth has its equinox. This happens twice annually. 21 March 2015 was the last equinox. For the Northern Hemisphere, the September equinox means the first day of autumn, and the first day of spring for the Southern Hemisphere.

What happens? The Earth’s equator is at a point where it’s centered with the sun. Because of the earth’s position to the sun, most areas of the earth will get rough 12 hours a daylight. Equinox comes from the Latin  for “equal night” referring to relative parity in daylight hours vs hours of darkness.

The North Pole will  see the sun for the last time at 12:00PM  on 23 September 2015. After that, darkness until March. For the South Pole, from this day until March, there are 24 hours of daylight.

This  video will provide a hands on explanation of the equinox and how it works:

Is Geography An Art or Science?

Many people have never looked at geography as being a science. It is ironic when one considers certain subfields like meteorology and geomorphology. Science is a basic part of those subfields. It helps to explain certain weather phenomena, and concepts of erosion.

Geography is thought of by many, as an art.  And why would it not be considered such? One can certainly obtain a BA in geography. There is also the matter of human geography. In many schools, this is known as social students.

Is geography an art or a science? If one looks at all sides of geography, and begins to study this subject, it is not simply one or the other. There are large elements of both within geography. One can find both science and art in geography.

Check this video out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wkkqtmii_E

What Is Geography?

Welcome to the inaugural post of TheGeoScholar blog on WordPress. With a blog about geography, it is fitting to ask this question.

What is geography?

To break this down, look at the root of “geography”. It comes from the Greek words “ge” and “graphein” meaning “earth” and “to write”. Basically, one is writing about the earth.

In order to understand geography, one must first understand what it actually means.

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Stay tuned for more posts about geography.