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WorldGeographyy15

Chapter 24&25 Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Sahel The regionof 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 lands
Escarpment A steep cliff that seperates two level areas of two differing elevations
Chaparral A typemof 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 near the equator
Oral History History lassed down by word of mouth
Nomadic Herding 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 tha forms at the mouth of some rivers by soil that is dropped as the river slows and enters the sea
Fellaheen Egyptian pesants
Sansdstorm A windstorm that bows 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 were controlled by embarkments 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 north african city usually centered around a mosque
Souk A market 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 transormation of arable land into desert either naturally or through human interventiom
Refugee A person who flees his or her country to escape danger or unfair treatment
Landlocked Almost or entirely sirrounded 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 ones ancestors will cause them to live in the spirit world after death
Animism The religious belief that such things as the sky rivers and trees contain gods and spirits
World bank Am agency of the united nations that provides loans to countries for development orojects
Internationaly monetary fund an agency of the United Nations that provides loans to countries for development programs
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 pestacide produced from certain flowers
malnutrition disease caused by lack of food or an unbalanced diet
strategic value importance of a place or thing for nations planning military actions
villagization a political movement by which rural people are forced to move to towns and work on collective farms
ethnocracy a system of governmetn in which one ethnic group rules over others
apartheid formerly in the Republic of south Africa, the policy of strict racial segregation
segregation the seperation 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 religion
land redistibution a policy by which land is taken from those who won large amount and redistributed to those who have little or none.
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