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Geo Terms

Geography Terms

TermDefinition
continents largest land masses
population density the average number of people living in a certain area, usually one square mile or kilometer
climate the kind of weather a place has over a long period of time
sea level the level of the surface of an ocean or a sea
plateau area of high, mostly flat land
peninsula land that is almost completely surrounded by water
political map shows cities, states, and countries
bay inlet of the sea or of some other body of water
vegetation plant life
time zone a region in which a single time is used
atlas book of maps
valley flat land surrounded by mountains or large hills
Equator imaginary line that cuts the earth in half
lines of latitude lines that run east and west from the north and south poles (also called parallels)
plain area of flat or gently rolling low land
natural resource something found in nature that people can use (ex. soil, plants, water, and minerals)
physical map shows kinds of land and bodies of water
gulf part of sea or ocean extending into the land; larger than a bay
strait narrow channel of water connecting two larger bodies of water
region area of earth with main features that make them different; regions can be defined by physical features such as climate or landforms or by human features such as an economic activity or a common way of life
delta triangle-shaped area of land at the mouth of a river
province a small section of a country
cardinal directions north, south, east, and west
lines of longitude lines that run north and south (also called meridians)
isthmus narrow strip of land connecting two larger areas of land
Created by: malley