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Examines our physical environment especially the global distribution and interrelationship of such factors as climate, soils, flora, fauna, and landforms. Topics include maps, Earth-Sun relationships, seasons, time, weather, hydrology, landforms, climate types, natural vegetation assemblages, biomes, ecosystems, and their significance in the biosphere. Laboratory includes use of globes, maps, aerial photographs, data tables, and graphs for anaysis and problem solving. Use of the scientific method is emphasized.