Does Geography Matter ?

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According to The Oxford Dictionary, the word geography means “The study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human activity as it affects and is affected by these.” Therefore like mentioned above, geography is the study of features of the earth and, how these features affect human life. So, even if we are living in a world of high speed data and voice networks, geography is all around us. It affects us and, in turn gets affected by human activity. Through geography we can learn about the natural world, and view it from different perspectives. Geography also enhances our knowledge of places and environments and, gives us an understanding of the world we live in. By studying geography one can realize how nations rely on each other and, also how different societies and cultures are. It makes one realize about their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. And, now to answer the question, does geography really matter in a globalized world? Yes, it does. Going back to our article “The Tar Sands Disaster”, the author of the article is writing that the US president Barack Obama would do Canada a favor by blocking the Keystone XL pipeline project. The author writes that Canada’s reliance on Tar Sands production is “twisting our society into something we don’t like.” So, where does geography come into all this? How is geography being affected by this project? Well, as mentioned in the article “The most obvious reason is that tar sands production is one of the world’s most environmentally damaging activities. It wrecks vast areas of boreal forest through surface mining and subsurface production. It sucks up huge quantities of water from local rivers, turns it into toxic waste and dumps the contaminated water into tailing ponds that now cover nearly 70 square miles.” This pretty much sums up the entire issue. The production
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