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LA History Ch 2 Voc

Absolute location Refers to a specific spot on earth
Relative location explains where a place is in relation to other places around it.
navigable the water is deep enough for safe travel by boats.
bayou a small sluggish creek
elevation height above sea level
alluvial the soil is deposited by the river.
relief the distance between the highest and lowest points.
topography physical features of the land
estuary the place where the river meets the sea
SWAMP seasonally flooded forest
salt dome formation of layers of rocks that rise upwards.
marsh wet treeless prarie
geologist a scientist that studies the origin history and structure of the earth
timezones segment of world wide system for standardizing time
Weather Current conditions of the atmosphere; temperature, precipitation and wind.
climate the average weather of an area over a long period of time.
precipitation any form of water - liquid or solid - that falls from the atmospherea dn reaches the ground, including rain, hail, sleet and snow.
hurricane a severe windstorm that originates over tropical ocean waters and whose wind speeds are at least 74 mph; hurrican winds rotate around an eye and get energy from warm moist air.
tornado a dangerous windstorm characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud; wind speeds, which move counter clockwise around a low pressure center, may reach as high as 300 mph.
growing season the number of days between the last killing frost in spring and the first killing frost in the fall.
wetlands swamps, marsh, and other areas that have a natural supply of water and are soaked or covered with water at least part of the year.
subsidence the process by which coastal lands slowly sink.
barrier islands a sea island that protexts the wetlands, estuaries and bays fro the direct impact of ocean waves.
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