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Landforms

TermDefinition
savana open grassland with widely spaced trees in a hot, seasonally dry climate
strait relatively narrow waterway joining two larger bodies of water
channel the deepest part of a river, harbor, or large strait
geyser natural spring that ejects steam and hot water into the air
sea, gulf, bay body of saltwater partially enclosed by land
canal artificial waterway used for irrigation or travel
canyon deep valley with high, steep hills
delta triangular plain formed by the gravel, silt, sand, and clay deposited at a river's mouth where it slows to meet another body of water
tundra vast, treeless plains with permafrost and small, low plants
glacier large body of ice that moves across the earth's surface
peninsula landform surrounded by water on three sides
island piece of land completely surrounded by water
archipelago chain of islands
fjord long, narrow coastal valley between tall, rocky cliffs
isthmus narrow strip of land between two seas or oceans that connects two larger land areas
plateau large, flat area of land that is usually higher than the land around it, with at least one steep slope
plain, prairie large area of relatively flat or gently rolling land
dune ridge or hill of sand blown or drifted by the wind in deserts or on beaches
atoll ring-shaped island formed by coral buildup on the rim of an underwater volcano
crater bowl-shaped depression in the earth or the funnel-shaped opening of a volcano
valley elongated lowland between mountain ranges or hills
rainforest a dense, tropical evergreen forest with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches
marsh wetland area always or sometimes covered with shallow water
mountain rugged mass of rock that rises above the surrounding landscape with steep slopes and a peak or summit
desert dry, barren region that receives little or no precipitation
lake large body of fresh or salt water that is entirely surrounded by land
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