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Ch 3 Voc - W. Geo

Chapter 3 Vocabulary - World Geography

QuestionAnswer
The process of wearing away of the earth’s surface by wind, water, and glaciers Erosion
Molten rock that is pushed up from the earth’s mantle Magma
The watery areas of the earth, including oceans, lakes and rivers hydrosphere
Activities of continental drift and magma flow which creates many of the Earth’s physical features Plate Tectonics
Regular movement of water from ocean to air to ground and back to the ocean Water Cycle
Large body of ice that moves across the earth’s surface Glacier
Surface land areas of the earth’s crust, continents and ocean basins Lithosphere
Chemical or physical processes, more dramatic breaking down of the earth’s surface Weathering
Layer of gasses that surround the earth Atmosphere
Crack or break in the earth’s crust Fault
The part of the earth where life exists Biosphere
Theory that the continents were once joined together and then slowly drifted apart Continental Drift
Process of the sea plates pulling apart and magma wells up between the plates Spreading
Water within the earth that supplies wells and springs. Not underground Groundwater
Created by: gillmorej