Why does geography matter?


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Geography matters because locations, the central focus of geography, are intricately connected with one another on local and global scales in both human and natural processes. Without geographic knowledge, individuals can't fully grasp the nature, history and mechanisms of the world and its inhabitants.

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Geography examines the relationships between all other arts, sciences and studies, whether anthropocentric or not and their settings. It's used to study religion, politics, food, economies and languages as well as ecology, geology, climatology and more. The rapid technological developments and globalization of the 20th century revealed a more diverse Earth than previously imagined in which everything is interconnected. Geo-literacy, the understanding of geography, equips people with a mental map to help them make sense of otherwise meaningless circumstances and incidents. Geo-literate people are more likely to be aware of how their decisions affect other people and their environments.

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