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GEOG 2RC3 Lecture Notes - Nordicity, Cultural Landscape, Geomatics


Department
Geography
Course Code
GEOG 2RC3
Professor
Walter Peace

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Introduction:
Geo means earth
Graphei means write
2 Sub-disciplines:
Human
Physical
3 Main Themes:
Humans and land (interactions)
Regional Studies (region)
Spatial Analysis (location)
“What is where, why there, and why (should we) care?” (Gritzner,
2002)
Geography- a spatial science
Spatial Patterns- how are things arranged in space
Spatial Processes- why are they arranged this way
Spatial Meaning- what is the significance of these
patterns/processes?
Region: An area of the earth’s surface that has distinctive
characteristics. A part of the earth;s surface featuring internal
homogeneity and, at the same time, is relatively distinct from
surrounding areas according to certain criteria
What criteria should we use to define Canada’s region?
“Canada can be understood as consisting of six regions with each
having a distinct location, physical geography and historical
development” (Bone, 2011,3)
Canada’s Regions:
British Columbia
Western Canada
Ontario
Quebec
Atlantic Canada
Territorial North
Types of Regions:
Physical
Climatic
Economic
Cultural etc
Cultural landscapes and livelihoods vary from region to region (living
in region A is different than living in region B)
“Given its size and diversity, Canada can be viewed as a “mosaic of
regional landscapes”
These regional variations are crucial to understanding the “essence” of
Canada
3 essential characteristics of Canada’s geography:
size
diversity
northerness (nordicity)
Important Concepts:
Sense of place- p.4, pg15-17
Regionalism- p.5-6
Fault line- p.10-14
Core/periphery model- p. 17-22