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WGeo 13

Vocabulary for chapter 34,28,29

TermDefinition
Aborigine An original ingabitant; one of the original inhabitants of Australia
lagoon A shallow body of water separated from the sea by coral reefs or sandbars
cyclone A violent rotating wind storm
outback Remote sparsely settled, arid, rural country, especially the central and western plains and plateaus of Australia.
artesian well A well that is drilled deep enough to tap a layer of porous material filled with ground water.
atoll A ring shaped coral island surrounding a lagoon
geyser A natural hot spring that shoos a column of water and steam into the air.
trust teritory A dependent colony or territory supervised by another country by commission of the United Nations
crevasse A deep crack in glacial ice
ice shelf A massive extesion of glacial ice over the sea often protruding hundreds of miles F
pack ice Floating sea ice formed by a mix of icebergs with other ice formed in super chilled sea water.
convergence zone An area of severe storms where the frigid water circulating around Antarctica meet the warmer water of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
krill Small shrimplike creature; food for whales and fish.
Sultanate a state ruled by a sultan
Nonaligned nation A nation that adopted neutrality during the Cold War
Subcontinent A large land mass forming a distinct part of a continent
alluvial plain A broad expanse of land along riverbanks, consisting of rich fertile soil
monsoon A seasonal shift in the prevailing winds that influences large climate regions
Nationalism Pride in one's nation; the desire of cultural group to rule themselves as a separate nation
nonviolent resistance The policy of opposing an enemy or oppressor by any means other than violence
boycott To refuse to to purchase or use a product or service as an expression of disaproval
parition A division into seperate parts
reincarnation the belief that the soul of a human being or animal goes through a series of births, deaths and rebirths
caste system A social hierarchy in which a person possesses a distinct rank in society
charpoy A wooden bed frame with knotted string in place of a mattress
sari A brightly colored cloth, worn by many Indian women, that is draped over the body like a long dress
purdah The pratice among Hindu and Muslim women of covering the face with a veil when outside of the home
joint family system In India the custom of housing all members of an extended family together.
Cottage industry A small scale manufacturing operation using little technology, often located in or near people's homes
hydroelectric power Electricity that is generated by moving water
irrigate The watering of farmland with water drawn from reervoirs or rivers
embankment dam A wall of soil and rock to hold back water
buffer state A country that serparates two hostile countries
malnutrition Disease cause by lack of food or an unbalanced diet
deforestation The process of stripping land of its trees
Created by: irodgers