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world geography

vocabulary 2

weather the condition of the bottom layer of the earth's atmosphere in one place over a short period of time
climate the term used for the weather patterns that an area typically experiences over a long period of time.
rotation hen spinning motion of the earth like a top on its axis as it travels through space
revolution one complete orbit of the earth around the sun. the earth completes one revolution every 365 1/4 days or one year.
solstice either of the two times a year when the sun appears directly overhead at the tropics of cancer and capricorn
equinox either of the two times each year (spring and fall) when day and nigh are of nearly equal length everywhere on earth
pricipitation all the forms of water that fall to earth from the atmosphere including rain and snow.
front the boundary between two masses of air that differ in density or temperature
continental climate the type of climate found in the great central areas of continents in the northern Hemisphere; characterized by cold, snowy winters and warm or got summers.
ecosytem the interaction of plant life animal life and the physical environment in which they live.
biome the term used to describe a major type of ecosystem that can be found in various regions throughout the world.
dicidious eaf shedding a type of tree that sheds its leaves during one season
coniferous a type of tree able to survive long cold winters with long thin needles rather than leaves.
chaparral a type of natural vegetation that is dapted to Mediterranean climates small evergreen trees and low bushes or scrub.
savanna a tropical grassland with scaterred trees located in the warm lands near the equator.
hervivore a plant eating animals
carnivore a meat eating animal.
prairie a temperature grassland characterized by a great variety of grasses.
tundra a dry treless plaint where temperature are always cool or cold and only specilized plants can grow.
permafrost a layer of soil just below the earth's surface that stays permanently frozen
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