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physical geography

the branch of geography concerned with natural features and phenomena of the earth's surface, as landforms, drainage features, climates, soils, and vegetation.
Origin of physical geography
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for physical geography
  • 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.
  • The activity is intended for use in college level physical geography courses.
British Dictionary definitions for physical geography

physical geography

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