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Geographic Features

atmosphere the air that surrounds the earth
hydrosphere oceans, lakes, rivers and other bodies of water
lithosphere the earth’s crust
biosphere the part of the earth where life is found
fold bends in the layers of rock like when moving plates squeeze the earth’s surface until it buckles.
fault breaks in the earth’s crust when the folded land cannot be bent any further. This is how mountains are formed.
weathering the process that breaks down rocks
erosion the wearing away of the earth’s surface.
isthmus a narrow piece of land that connects two land masses.
plateau higher than the surrounding land and has at least one steep side called a cliff.
archipelago a group of islands
continental shelf narrow in some places and wide in others.
groundwater water that lies beneath the earth’s surface and supplies wells and springs.
water cycle the regular movement of water from ocean to air to ground to ocean.
evaporation the changing of water into vapor or gas caused by the sun’s heat.
natural resource Elements from the earth that are not made by people but can be used by them.
renewable resource If people can replace them naturally or if people can grow or raise continuous supplies of them.
non renewable resource resources that can never be replaced.
imports resources or goods brought in from another country.
exports resources or goods sent from one country to another
Created by: megan.williams