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Mrd Unit II

QuestionAnswer
Tectonic Plates Pieces of the earth's crust that move around.
Earthquake Violent movement of the earth.
Seismograph A device that is used to detect when an earthquake occurs.
Epicenter The point directly above the focus on the earth's surface.
Richter Scale A device used to measure the magnitude of an earthquake.
Tsunami A giant wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic explosion.
Volcano A mountain or hill that is formed around a vent where magma and ashes are expelled.
Ring of Fire An area around the Pacific Ocean where many tectonic plates come together and cause earthquakes and volcanoes.
Weathering Physical or chemical processes that break rock into smaller pieces.
Glacier A large, long-lasting mass of ice.
Weather The condition of the atmosphere over a short period of time.
Climate The condition of the atmosphere over a long period of time.
Precipitation Water from the atmosphere such as rain, sleet, or snow.
Hurricane A tropical storm that rotates around an eye and occurs in the Atlantic Ocean.
Typhoon A tropical storm that rotates around an eye and occurs in Asia.
Tornado A powerful funnel-shaped column of spiraling air.
Tundra A flat, treeless plain located in high latitudes.
Permafrost Permanently frozen subsoil underneath the tundra.
Coniferous Trees with needle leaves.
Deciduous Trees with broad leaves that lose their leaves in the fall.
Savanna A general term for grasslands located in the low latitudes that have a tropical wet and dry climate.
Created by: mrdgeography