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Chapter 1:

Geography Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Geography The study of people, their environments, and their resources.
History An account of what has happened in the lives of different peoples.
Latitude Measure distance north and south from the equator.
Longitude Measure distance east and west from the prime meridian.
Irrigate Bring water to the desert
Globe A sphere with a map of the world printed on it.
Cartographer A mapmaker
Map Projection A way of drawing the Earth on a flat surface.
Hemisphere The two halves of the earth
Standard Time Zone World divided under 24 time zones. Measured through the prime meridian.
Equator Imaginary line that lies at 0 degree latitude
Prime Meridian Imaginary line that lies at 0 degrees longitude.
Isthmus a narrow strip of land that links North and South America.
Mountain high, steep, rugged land.
Elevation height above sea level.
Hill raised land that is lower and more rounded than a mountain
Plain Broad area of level land close to the sea.
Plateau large area of natural grassland with few or no trees or hills.
Tributary stream or small river that flows into a larger stream or river
Climate pattern of weather in a particular place
Precipitation the amount of water that falls as rain, sleet, hail or snow.
Altitude The height above sea level.
Created by: kkoerner