Human Geography

Human geography is the subdiscipline of geography which involves identification and analysis of the ways humans interact with the physical Earth. It focuses particularly on the causes and effects of the spatial distributions of humans and human activity on the planet’s surface. Human geography draws upon cultural, economic, political, and social data about particular regions to reveal patterns about the ways human beings interact with their environments. This field of study includes several of its own subdisciplines which focus on certain aspects of human life, such as medical geography, feminist geography, military geography, and religion geography. While the focal point of human geography is human activity, it is impossible to discuss such activity without knowledge of the physical landscape upon which it occurs.


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