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Resources in Geography at Ball State University Libraries. You can access this guide directly by going to

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Sub-fields in geography

General/ Comprehensive/ Cultural

The study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human activity as it affects and is affected by these, including the distribution of populations and resources and political and economic activities. (Oxford Dictionaries)

Travel & Tourism

Tourism and travel is primarily about geography: places, culture, landscapes, the movement of people, and interrelationships between humans and their environment. These topics are essential to the study and the practice of geography.

GIS (Geographical Information Science)

GIS visualizes information in ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends by using computer software for cartography (the art and science of making maps), remote sensing (provides a means to capture visual and digital information about the earth through airborne cameras and advanced electronic sensors), and GIS, which is a set of computer tools for analyzing spatial data.

Meteorology & Climatology

Systematic investigations of earth-atmosphere system and subsystem dynamics and the use of technology (satellites, radar, automated weather observations, and numerical weather prediction) to analyze these systems on a variety of spatial and temporal scales.