Human geography is one of the two major branches of geography (the other being physical geography). The focus of human geography is people and their various activities in relation to their geographies. This wide subject includes studies in the fields of culture, development, economics, health, history, politics, populations, and settlements. Many notable human geographers include: Thomas Malthus, George Marsh, Ptolemy, Alfred Weber, and Walter Christaller amongst many others.
Cultural geography is simply the study of how different cultures vary across different places. Development geography is the study of the varying standards of living and quality of life amongst varying geographic locations. Economic geography examines geography with respect to different economic systems and market conditions. Health geography applies geographic information and methods to study medical issues. Historical geography is often concerned with the way human interaction with the environment have changed over time. Political geography studies the way political processes can affect geographies, and conversely how geographies can affect political processes. Settlement geography studies the characteristics of urban settlement, its infrastructure and its organization.
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