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chapter 14-17 def

TermDefinition
Cultural diffusion in which peoples adopt the practices of their neighbors.
Renaissance Meaning "Rebirth."
Industrial Revolution The growing use of machines.
Summit or highest points.
Prevailing Westerlies The constant flow of air from west to east in the temperate zones of the earth.
Euro a single currency to be used by member nations.
Fertile able to produce abundant crops.
Ore or rocky material containing a valuable mineral.
Tertiary economic activity or service industries, such as finance, insurance, and tourism.
Moor broad, treeless rolling plains.
Bog areas of wet, spongy ground.
Glen is a narrow valley.
Peat a spongy material containing waterlogged mosses and plants.
Cultural divergence or deliberate efforts to keep the cultures separate.
Blight or plant disease.
Fjord flooded glacial valleys.
Geothermal energy or energy produced from the heat of the earth's interior.
Mixed economy or systems combining different degrees of government regulation.
Dialect variations of a language that are unique to a region or community.
Impressionism a certain style of painting.
Nationalize or brought under state control.
Recession an extended decline in business activity.
Confederation or loose political union.
Reparation money for war damages.
Inflation or sharply rising prices.
Lignite a soft, brown coal.
Dike or embankments of earth and rock, to hold back the water.
Polder what the Dutch call reclaimed land from the sea.
Decentralize that is, transfer power to smaller regions.
Canton or states, formed the Swiss Confederation to fight an Austrian emperor.
Nuetral whenever Napoleon's forces were defeated.
Perishable good meaning that it does not stay fresh for long.
Strip mining whereby miners strip away the surface of the earth to lay bare the mineral deposits.
Navigable that is, deep and wide enough to allow ships to pass.
Dry farming methods that leave land unplanted every few years in order to gather moisture.
Sirocco or hot, dry winds from northern Africa, blow over this area.
Hub a central point of concentrated activity and influence of new transportation routes.
Seismic activity that is, it has many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Subsidence a geological phenomenon in which the ground in an area sinks.
Graben areas of land that have dropped down between faults, were flooded.
Inhabitable that is, able to support permanent residents.
Tsunami giant sea waves.
Created by: chrisivy