Geography is a branch of science devoted to the study of lands, features, and the inhabitants who live there.

The word itself is as old as history, and was first used by Eratosthenes in the third century BC.

A key aspect of geography is history. Many of the world's major civilizations and geographic events are traced back to the prehistoric era.

Ancient Greek geographers included Strabo, who wrote Geographica, the first known book about geography.

Geographers are especially interested in patterns. These patterns can be obvious or subtle. If you live in a rural area, chances are that you'll notice some pattern in the vegetation and landscape.

When you learn about geography, you'll gain a greater appreciation for places. All spaces and places have a story to tell, and geography is the key to understanding and interpreting the meaning of places.

Geography helps you develop spatial awareness on a global scale. It will also help you better understand direction.

The study of physical geography focuses on natural resources and landforms, while human geography focuses on the relationship between people and their environments.