The modern academic discipline

The modern academic discipline of geography is rooted in ancient practice. Its separate identity was first formulated and named some 2,000 years ago by the Greeks when they combined the Greek words geo and graphein to mean earth writing or earth description .

What is Practical Geography? Each branch of systematised knowledge has certain tools and techniques on which it depends to further its basic objectives. Geography too has certain devices of its own important among them are globes, maps, charts and models. Practical Geography is the study of these devices and tools which are involved in their construction and use.

Practical Geography: A Systematic Approach explains the techniques of surveying and cartography, using mathematical and statistical methods. Divided into five units map making, statistical analysis, map interpretation, field techniques and advanced techniques of surveying this book lays special emphasis on the methodology of surveying and cartography.