physical geography

noun
the branch of geography concerned with natural features and phenomena of the earth's surface, as landforms, drainage features, climates, soils, and vegetation.

Origin:
1800–10

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physical geography
 
n
the branch of geography that deals with the natural features of the earth's surface

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physical geography  
The scientific study of the natural features of the Earth's surface, especially in its current aspects, including land formation, climate, currents, and distribution of flora and fauna. Also called physiography.
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Example sentences
Part of the problem is that state boundaries don't follow the physical
  geography that partly defines our concepts.
In this lesson, students will identify characteristics of the physical
  geography of each continent of the world.
Discuss how the physical geography of each location contributed to the
  expedition's needs.
Oceanography, a related discipline of physical geography, focuses on the
  creatures and environments of the world's oceans.
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