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Chapter 3 Vocabulary

barrier island land formed over many years by the build up of sand and dirt just offshore of the mainland
beach nourishment dumping new sand onto eroding beaches to restore them
contour plowing plowing soil in curved rows that follow the shape of the land
dam a wall across a river that controls the flow of the river water
dredging the deepening or widening of a river or harbor
flood water flowing or collecting over land that is normally dry
floodway a prepared path for flood waters to flow over, often to prevent damage to communities
jetty thin, narrow wall built from the shoreline into the ocean
levee a wall along a river channel or other body of water that serves to prevent flooding by keeping water behind it
reservoir an artificial lake, often formed when water collects behind a dam
sea wall a tall wall built along the rear edge of a beach, designed to receive waves at high tide
soil natural resource made up of small rocks, minerals, water, gases, and organic matter
storm drains a system of pipes or channels that carry away storm water
subsoil layer of soil beneath the topsoil
terrace farming planting crops in level sections called terraces
topsoil uppermost layer of soil
Created by: ramonaedwards