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Chapter 2

Earth's Physical Geography

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The theory of __________ explains how continents were formed and why they move. plate tectonics
A plateau called a __________ lies off the coast of each continent and stretches for several miles underwater. continental shelf
Areas that have similar patterns of temperature and precipitation are known as __________. climate zones
Chemicals in air pollution can combine with precipitation to form __________. acid rain
Surrounding Earth's core is a layer of hot, dense rock called the __________. mantle
Almost 97 percent of the planet's water is __________. salt water
The usual, predictable patterns of weather in an area over many years are called __________. climate
The careful use of resources to avoid wasting them is called __________. conservation
 



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