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World Geography

Chapter 24-27 Vocab.

TermDefinition
Sahel The region in Africa just south of the Sahara.
Colonialism The system by which countries set up colonies to secure sources of raw materials and markets for their products.
Plateau An area of high, flat land.
Escarpment A steep cliff that separates two level areas of differing elevations.
Chaparral A type of natural vegetation that is adapted to Mediterranean climates; small evergreen trees and low bushes, or scrub.
Savanna A tropical grassland with scattered trees, located in the warm lands nearest the Equator.
Oral History History passed down by word of mouth.
Nomadic Hearding The practice of moving flocks to different pastures throughout the year.
Leaching The dissolving and washing away of nutrients in the soil.
Land Degradation Reduction in the productive potential of the land.
Population Density The average number of people living in a given area.
Delta The land that forms at the mouth of some rivers by soil that is dropped as the river slows and enters the sea.
Fellaheen Egyptian peasants.
Sandstorm A windstorm that blows hot air, dust, and grit.
Bazaar An open-air market; a street lined with shops and stalls.
Basin Irrigation In Egypt, a system by which water and silt was controlled b embankments and time released to irrigate farmlands.
Reservoir A natural or artificial lake used to collect water for human needs.
Perennial irrigation An irrigation system that provides necessary water to the land throughout the year.
Capital Wealth in the form of money or property owned or used in business.
Wadi A usually dry riverbed or gully that temporarily holds water from a sudden downpour.
Caravan A large group of merchants who join together to travel in safety.
Medina The old section of a North African city; usually centered around a mosque.
Souk A market in an Arab community.
Shifting Agriculture The practice of farming a site until the soil is exhausted, then moving on to a new site.
Forage Food for grazing animals.
Deforestation The process of stripping the land of its trees.
Desertification The transformation of arable land into desert either naturally or through human intervention.
Refugee A person who flees his or her country to escape danger or unfair treatment.
Landlocked Almost or entirely surrounded by land; cut off from the sea.
Inland Delta An area of lakes, creeks, and swamps away from the ocean.
Coup The sudden overthrow of a ruler or government, often involving violent force or the threat of force.
Ancestor Worship The belief that respecting and honoring one's ancestors will cause them to live on in the spirit world after death.
Animism The religious belief that such things as the sky, rivers, and trees contain gods or spirits.
World Bank An agency of the United Nations that provides loans to countries for development projects.
International Monetary Fund An agency of the United Nations that provides loans to countries for development projects.
Structural Adjustment Program A program to reform the structure of an economy.
Watershed A dividing ridge between two basins.
Mercenary A professional soldier hired by a foreign country.
Barter The exchange of goods without money.
Harambee A policy of cooperation adopted in Kenya after independence to encourage economic growth.
Pyrethrum A pesticide produced from certain flowers.
Malnutrition Disease caused by a lack of food or an unbalanced diet.
Strategic Value Importance of a place or thing for nations planning military actions.
Ethnocracy A system of government in which one ethnic group rules over others.
Villigization A political movement by which rural people are forced to move to towns and work on collective farms.
Apartheid Formerly in the Republic of South Africa, the policy of strict racial segregation.
Segregation The separation of the races.
Sanction An action taken by the international community to punish a country for unacceptable behaviors.
Enclave A country completely surrounded by another country.
White Flight The departure of white people from a region.
Land Redistribution A policy by which land is taken from those who own large amounts and redistributed to those who lave little or none.
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