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Geography Vocabulary

Chapter 2 Vocabulary

TermDefinition
geography The study of Earth and the way people live on it and use it.
region A large area with common features that set it apart from other areas.
landform A shape on Earth's surface, such as a mountain or hill.
megalopolis A group of cities that have grown so close together that they seem to form one city.
interdependent Depending on each other to meet needs and wants.
climate The weather of an area over a number of years.
temperature The measurement of heat and cold.
precipitation The moisture that falls to Earth as rain or snow.
arid Dry.
humid Wet; moist.
natural resource A material found in nature that people use to meet their needs and wants.
nonrenewable resource A material found in nature that cannot be replaced, such as coal, oil, and natural gas.
renewable resource A material found in nature that can be replaced, such as forests.
mineral A substance found in the earth that is neither plant nor animal.
fossil fuel A fuel, such as oil, natural gas, and coal, that is formed from the remains of plants and animals that lived millions of years ago.
environment All the surroundings in which people, plants, and animals live.
economy The way a country's people use natural resources, money, and knowledge to produce goods and services.
pollution Anything that dirties the air, soil, or water.
acid rain Precipitation containing harmful chemical pollution that can destroy trees and wildlife and poison water.
conservation The protection and careful use of natural resources.
recycle To save discarded items, like cans or bottles, so that they can be used again.
Boswash an area of northeastern cities running from Boston, Massachusetts, to Washington, D.C.
Created by: Anderson11