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Discuss the similarities and difference between human and physical geography

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Discuss the similarities and difference between human and physical geography

Geography is the study of the locational and spatial variations of physical, biological and human phenomena on earth. Geography is split into two disciplines. Physical geography involves the understanding of processes and landforms of the physical environment. Human geography's main intellectual contribution is to understand the relations between humans and the natural world of which we are part, as well as how all components of human life are linked together.

Both share the fundamental common ground in that geography is about the relationship between humans and the environment. However, as a deeper understanding of an increasing range of topics develop, the two disciplines have to go to greater lengths to find the mutual underlyings which bond the subject.

At a younger age, it is difficult to distinguish between human and physical geography at all. In school, students are taught geography as a whole up until AS level, meaning lessons are solely based around the fundamental aspects covering both disciplines. There is no difference between the subjects here and the core principles are closely linked together. From 6th form and onto degree intensity, fields

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