Formulating an enquiry
Fieldwork in geography is all about following an enquiry.
Types of enquiry
An enquiry is a question that a geographer sets out to prove or disprove. A hypothesis is very similar, though it is a statement rather than a question. Both can be either physical or human in nature:
- physical enquiries will look at natural landscapes, eg rivers or coasts
- human enquiries will look at environments that are created by people, eg cities or tourist resorts
Natural landscapes and processes are physical enquiries
City studies are human enquiries