The field of geography has come a long way from exotic 19th-century photos of far-off lands in National Geographic magazine. Today, geography is a multi-disciplinary field that utilizes everything from orbiting satellites to ethnographic interviews. More than just the study of maps, borders, mountains and rivers, geography attempts to explain the human relationship to our environment, both natural and man-made. The four primary approaches to the study of geography are spatial analysis, area studies, the man-land relationship, and earth science.
While most of the physical world today has been explored and charted, much remains to be mapped in the human world, and this is the goal of geographers at most major universities today. This human geography, which incorporates research from economics, psychology, and anthropology, is being synthesized with cutting edge Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to fundamentally re-imagine the dimensions of our world.
For the most up-to-date proceedings in the field of geography, visit the website of the Royal Geographical Society, the premier geographic society of the United Kingdom. For more earth science and GIS-based information, visit the Cartography and Geographic Information Society and the International Cartographic Association.