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Asia Test: 6th

Asia Test

subcontinent large, landmass that is part of a continent
delta area formed by soil deposits at the mouth of a river
atoll circular shaped islands made of coral
lagoon shallow body of water in the center of an atoll
monsoon seasonal winds that blow steadily from the same direction for several months at a time but change directions at other times of the year.
cyclone a storm with high winds and heavy rains
varna one of the four broad classes of human society under Hinduism
caste social class a person is born into and cannot change
reincarnation belief that after a person dies, his or her soul is reborn into another body
dharma duty in Hinduism
karma belief in Hinduism that one's actions in past lives determine the spirtual level into which one is reborn
nirvana state of perfect peace and end to the cycle of rebirth; the goal of following the Eightfold path in Buddhism
civil disobedience use of nonviolent protests to challenge a government or law
boycott to refuse to buy items from a particular country
dzong Buddhist center of prayer and study
sitar long-necked instrument with seven strings on the outside and ten inside the neck that provides Indian music with a distinctive sound
sari traditional clothing for women in India; a long rectangular piece of cloth that can be draped around the body in several different ways
green revolution effort to use modern techniques and sence to increase food production in poorer countries
jute plant with a tough fiber that is used for making rope, burlap bags, and carpet backing
cottage industry home or village based industry in which people make simple goods using their own equipment
outsourcing hiring workers in other countries to do a set of jobs
nationalize taking control of an industry or company by a government
ship breaking practice of bringing ashore large ocean going ships that have been retrived from service; they are cut into pieces, and then sold
consumer goods products people buy for personal use
tsunami have ocean wave caused bu an earthquake on the ocean floor
archipelago group of islands
corillera region of parrallel mountain chains
loess fine-grained fertile soil deposited by the wind
gorge like a canyon, a steepsided valley formed when a river cuts through land that is being lifted upward
porcelain high quality kind of pottery that can be very thin and is covered with a shiny coating
dzud weather known in Mongolia in which a harsh winter follows a dry summer
tungsten metal combined with iron to make steel. Also used to make the filaments in electric light bulbs and parts of rockets that must resist high amounts of heat.
dynasty line of rulers from a single family that holds power for a long time
teak high quality wood used to me make buildings because it is strong and durable
landslide disaster that occurs when soil is washed down a steep hillside due to an earthquake or heavy rain
novel long fictional story
shogun military leader who ruled JApan in early times
samurai powerful land-owning warrior in Japan
human rights basic freedoms such as freedom of speech, that all people should enjoy
exile being forced to live outside ones country for political reasons
intensive agriculture kind of farming that involves growing crops on every available piece of usable land
trade deficit situation that occurs when the value of a countrys imports is higher than the value of its exports
tatami straw mata that are tradtionally used to cover floors in Japan
kimono traditional Japanese clothing; a long robe usually made of silk with an open neck and long sleeves held in place with a wide sash
anime Japanese stle of animation that arose in the late 1900s and appeared in comic books and cartoons
celadon highly prized style of pottery that has a greenish tint
hangul writing system developed in the 1400s to write the Korean language in which characters represent sounds that than ideas
megalopolis huge urban area made up of several large cities and nearby communities
yurt large circular structure made of animal skinds that can be packed up and moved from place to place; used as a home in Mongolia
sphere of influence an area of a country where a single foriegn power has been granted exclusive trading rights
free port place where goods can be unloaded sorted and shipped again without payment of import taxes
calligraphy art of a beautiful writing
terraced field strips of land cut out of a hillside like stairsteps on which crops are planted
haiku type of Japanese poetry known for being short and following a specific structure
pagada tower made with many stories built as a temple or memorial
precious gem valuable stone
demiliteralized zone area in which neighboring countries agree not to place any soliders or weapons
mangrove trees that grow along coastal areas in tropic regions; managrove forests help maintain the health of coastal enviroments
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