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Geography Chapter 2

Earth's Physical Geography

TermDefinition
orbit the path one body makes as it circles the around another
revolution circular motion
axis an imaginary line through Earth between the North and South poles around which earth turns
rotation complete turn
core the sphere of very hot metal at the center of Earth
mantle the thick layer around Earth's core
magma soft, nearly molten rock
plate a huge block of Earth's crust
erosion the removal of small pieces of rock by water, ice, or wind
weather the condition of the air
precipitation water that falls to the ground as rain, sleet, hail, or snow
temperature how hot or cold the air is
climate the average weather over many years
tropical cyclone an intense wind and rain storm that forms over oceans in the tropics
tundra an area of cold climate and low-lying vegetation
canopy the layer formed by the uppermost branches of rain forest
savanna a park like combination of grasslands and scattered trees
desert scrub desert vegetation that needs little water
deciduous trees trees that lose their leaves seasonally
confiferous trees trees that produce cones to carry seeds
Created by: RThurston