• geography
  • The study of the natural features of the earth's surface, comprising topography, climate, soil, vegetation, etc. and man's response to them.
Abstract from DBPedia
    Geography (from Greek: γεωγραφία, geographia, literally "earth description") is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena of Earth. The first recorded use of the word γεωγραφία was as a title of a book by Greek scholar Eratosthenes (276–194 BC). Geography is an all-encompassing discipline that seeks an understanding of Earth and its human and natural complexities—not merely where objects are, but also how they have changed and come to be. While geography is specific to Earth, many concepts can be applied more broadly to other celestial bodies in the field of planetary science. One such concept, the first law of geography, proposed by Waldo Tobler, is "everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things." Geography has been called "the world discipline" and "the bridge between the human and the physical sciences."

    地理学(ちりがく、英: geography、仏: géographie、伊: geografia、独: Geographie (-fie) または Erdkunde)は、空間ならびに自然と、経済・社会・文化等との関係を対象とする学問の分野。地域や空間、場所、自然環境という物理的存在を対象の中に含むことから、人文科学、社会科学、自然科学のいずれの性格も有する。広範な領域を網羅する。また「地理学と哲学は諸科学の母」と称される。 元来は農耕や戦争、統治のため、各地の情報を調査しまとめるための研究領域として成立した。