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Space in geography

  • Mazúr E. 
  • Urbánek J. 
Landscape Synthesis


The concept of “space” is one of the most fundamental of geographical concepts. There is no work in geography that does not certain it. Nevertheless, geography has not as yet formulated an explicit and unambiguous definition of geographical space. This fact has had negative consequences for geographical theory, methodology and application. In the effort of contributing to its elimination we will try to outline the basic connotations of the concept.

The concept of “geographical space” is a relational one. It acquires meaning and sense only when related to other concepts. The concept of “space” may be conceived as a supplement to things, i.e. substantively conceived objects. Space conceived in this way is the synonym of emptiness. The concept of “space” may be also conceived in relation ti individual landscape elements as their “environments”. Space conceived in this way has the character of a field of force. And, finally, space may be conceived also with respect to the totality of landscape elements, i.e. the system expressed by the term “synergic”. It is only this third variant of space which should be understood as the “geographical space” in the full menaing of the term. It is only this conception of geographical space as the space filled with qualities in relations and proportions that is considered as one of the basic prerequisites for the formulation of the theory of geography as science capable of prediction and thus also of practical utilization.


Environmental Management Basic Prerequisite Practical Utilization Landscape Element Geographical Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mazúr E. 
    • 1
  • Urbánek J. 
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute og GeographySlovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaCzechoslovakia

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