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World Geography (A6)

Chapter 7 & 8 Vocabulary

QuestionAnswer
Megalopolis A very large city; a region made up of several large cities and their surrounding areas, considered to be a single urban complex.
Mangrove A tropical tree that grows in swampy ground along coastal areas.
Bayou A marshy inlet or outlet of a lake or a river
Fall Line Imaginary line between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic coastal plain, where rivers and streams form waterfalls and rapids as they descend from higher elevations to the coastal plain.
Sunbelt The southern and southwestern states of the United States, from the Carolinas to southern California, characterized by a warm climate and, recently, a rapid population growth.
Humus The organic material that results when plants and animals that live in the soil die and decay.
Growing Season In farming, the average number of days between the last frost of spring and the first frost of fall.
Grain Elevator A tall building equipped with machinery for loading, cleaning, storing, and discharging grain.
Grain Exchange A place where grain is bought and sold as a commodity.
Tundra A dry, treeless plain where temperatures are always cool or cold and only specialized plants can grow.
Aqueduct A large pipe or channel designed to transport water from a remote source over a long distance.
Province A territory governed as a political division of a country.
Maritime Bordering on or near the sea; relating to navigation or shipping.
Lock An enclosed section of canal, in which a ship may be raised or lowered by raising or lowering the water level in that section.
Bedrock The solid rock underlying the earth's surface.
Seperatism A movement to win political, religious, or ethnic independence from another group.
Secede To withdraw formally from membership in a political or religious organization.
Customs Fees charged by a government on imported goods.
Tariff A tax imposed by a government on imported goods.
NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement, which phased out trade barriers among the United States, Canada, and Mexico.