GEOG 210 Lecture Notes - Landscape Connectivity, Fruit Tree, Central Canada

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16 Jan 2013
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Lecture 2: The Evolution and Regionalization of
Landscape
Reading: Fellman Chapter 12
Why Geography Matters: The Role of Landscape
Landscapes and places are settings for social interaction:
Structure routines of economic and social life
Provide both opportunities and constraints for people’s long-
term social well being
Establish a context in which everyday knowledge and
experience are gathered
Provide a setting fro processes of socialization
Provide and area for contesting social norms
Some places acquire a strong symbolic value.
Important connotations and meanings
Places and Regions are Extremely Interdependent
Places, regions and landscapes pay particular roles in changing
complex networks of interactions and change
Locations are tied to larger processes of change that are reflected in
large-scale geographical patterns.
Can we recognize the wider processes and patterns?
How are they useful?
Do we control them, or are we controlled by them?
What are the financial, political, social, and geographic
implications?
And so what?
The Interdependence of Geographical Scale
(get chart from web)
But be careful of reductionism
Problems that exist at the largest level are not always solved
at the molecular or atomic level
Interdependence of Places
Can we recognize and use such broad patterns without losing sight of
the importance of localities?
Process and Pattern
Interact to produce, modify, and reshape landscapes
Process and pattern then cope with change, by changing
themselves ! dynamic
Is there a discernable direction in the change of landscapes
due to the interaction of pattern and process?
Misreading the African Landscape
Landscape change ! direction trajectory
Must look across scales
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