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World Geography

Chapter 5 and 6 vocabulary

TermDefinition
colony a territory separated from but subject to a ruling power
annexed to formally incorporate into a country or state the territory of another
ceded to transfer of give up
civil war a conflict between opposing groups of citizens of the same country
industrial revolution the shift from human power to machine power
continental divide a boundary or area of high ground that separates rivers flowing toward opposite sides of a continent
drainage basins the entire area of land that is drained by a major river and its tributaries
tributaries a river or stream that flows into a main river
striation marks characterizing glsciated areas of rocks
rain shadow an area of reduced rainfall on the leeward side of high mountains
literacy the ability to read and write
suburb a residential area outside a central city
standard of living a person's or group's level of material well-being, as measured by education housing, health care, and nutrition
per capita per person
gross national product the total value of a nation's goods and services, including the output of domestic firms in foreign countries and excluding the domestic output of foreign firms
canal an artificial waterway
telecommunication communication by electronic means
free enterprise an economic system that allows individuals to own, operate, and profit from their own businesses in an open, competitive market
metropolitan area a major city and is surrounding suburbs
hierarchy rank according to function
hinterland the area served by a metropolis
Created by: BraylonH