Why Is Geography Important?

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Studying geography is an essential part of being a global citizen, as it has a huge impact on how civilizations form. Geography also helps students understand how the physical world works. Geography is an important part of history and the modern age.

Geography is part of everyday life and includes the land, weather, economic structure and culture of the world. Clothing styles, for example, are determined by geography because geographical location determines the temperature, climate and available materials for textiles. Studying geography encourages students to think critically about how the surroundings of a culture can trigger the change and development of the society. Without geography, it is impossible to understand how natural phenomena, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and the water cycle work.

The modern world is also very globalized, meaning that different countries and individuals are connected through entertainment, communication and economy, such as products manufactured in China that are sold in the United States. Because of this, it is necessary for people to be aware and realize the importance of the world and its countries. Understanding where countries are located, which in turn helps the learner understand basic cultural elements, is a great way to learn how the countries fit into global politics and economies.