Friday, April 7, 2017

3 Reasons Why You Should Study Geography and Buy a Globe

As our world develops and become more integrated the physical distance between countries matters less and less, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand or Brazil are only a computer screen away. The rise of various forms of innovative communication technology mean that there is a good chance that you will find yourself interacting with someone from another country if you operate within the business world. Long gone are the days of mail correspondence being the primary form of communication. Open a computer screen, listen to a webinar or contact tech support for any major company and there is a  good chance that your conversation will be taking place with someone from another country.

There are so many fascinating things to study when it pertains to geography. Geography isn't just about globes and maps. Geography is a tangible record of the attempts of mankind to analyze and understand the various landscapes, landmarks and living organisms that call Planet Earth their home.
Each of the six continents features many languages, people groups, faith traditions, socio-political affiliations, currencies and social nomenclatures.

There is a good chance that in elementary school you found social studies classes less than interesting. However over time it has become more evident how relevant an understanding of geography is to life in modern times.  Here are three reasons why you should study geography

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1. Understanding Geography helps to add a balance perspective

A good understanding of geography can help you make a favorable impression on professors, employers and those you interact with in daily life. Learning how to interpret maps and globes is a foundational skill that will serve you for a life time. Knowledge of geography is applicable to so many aspects of life. Knowing capital cities, official languages and faith traditions can make interacting with people from other countries so much easier.  A skill that useful for landing a job, a date, or just improving your communication skills in general.

2. Making Sense of Current Events

Familiarity with different regions of the world allows you to process current events in context. Understanding why conflict exist in certain parts of the world has much to do with geography. The Middle East, the United Kingdom, the Democratic Republic of Congo, all have a measure of ongoing conflict that is impacted by geography. Understanding the various languages spoken in a country also has a lot to do with geography. If you know geography and understand the history of colonization you'll understand why Portuguese is spoken in Portugal, Brazil and Angola. If you understand geography the varying lifestyles of different people groups in Africa makes sense. The different styles of architecture and building across the continents also make sense. In Northern Africa namely Egypt you find the pyramids, in Southern Africa you find the complex of Great Zimbabwe, each structure
makes use of material indicative of that region.


3. Practical Applications of Geography to Travel Plans

An understanding of geography can help you navigate the world around you more efficiently. Knowing how to read a map or understand a globe and the various symbols can help you navigate your community much more easily. Finding new places like a doctor's office, new restaurant or park is so much easier when you are familiar with direction like North, South, East and West. If you travel overseas being familiar with the climate and terrain of a new environment can help you have a more enjoyable time and prepare accordingly. If you are visiting a country like Peru with high altitude and mountains, you will account for the possibility of altitude sickness. If you understand the difference in climate patterns you will understand that visiting parts of the United Kingdom require rain gear and if you are visit England during the winter time you want to be prepared for snow and sleet. If you visit Australia or New Zealand in July it will be Winter time. The Southern Hemisphere experiences the season in the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere.

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