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Applied Geography: Principles and Practice by Michael Pacione

By Michael Pacione

Utilized Geography bargains an invaluabel creation to beneficial learn in actual, environmental and human geography and gives a brand new concentration and reference element for investigating and knowing problem-orientated study.

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The skills of terrain analysis, air-photograph and satellite imagery interpretation, intelligence gathering, weather forecasting, mapping, route planning and logistics are all of vital importance for military planning. Geographical knowledge and skills are of equal value during the ensuing peace in, for 14 INTRODUCTION example, adjudicating boundary disputes. Bowman played a major role as chief territorial specialist in the Versailles Peace Conference following the First World War, and was involved in the resolution of territorial disputes both within the USA (notably between Oklahoma and Texas) and between a number of Latin American states during the inter-war period, including those between Chile and Peru (1925), Bolivia and Paraguay (1929) and Colombia and Venezuela (1933).

The empirical-analytical approach using positivist scientific explanation remains the principal route to knowledge in applied physical geography, where a primary goal is the understanding, prediction and eventual control of environmental events. Despite the availability of powerful computer algorithms, however, the complexity of many physical environmental processes can confound this prime objective (we need think only of the accuracy of long-range weather forecasts or our primitive attempts at earthquake prediction).

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