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Geography Vocab

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solar system sun and the group of bodies that revolve around it
planets major bodies that orbit a star
moons smaller objects that orbit a larger planets
satellite a body that orbits a larger body
solar energy energy from the sun
rotation one complete spin of earth on its axis
revolution one elliptical orbit of earth around the sun
Tropic of Capricorn The parallel 23 1/2° south of the equator
Antarctic Circle The parallel 66 1/2° south of the equator
Arctic Circle A parallel 66 1/2° degrees north of the equator
Tropic of Cancer The parallel 23 1/2° north of the equator
tropics Warm, low-latitude areas near the equator
polar regions High-latitude, cold regions around the North and South Poles
solstice The time that Earth’s poles point at their greatest angle toward or away from the Sun
equinox The time when both of Earth’s poles are at a 90 degree angle from the Sun and the Sun’s direct rays strike the equator
Created by: flowerprinc