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World Geo

Chapter 34, 28, 29 Vocabulary

Aborigine An original inhabitant; one of the original inhabitants of Australia
Lagoon A shallow body of water separated from the sea by coral reefs or sandbars
Cyclone A violent, rotating wind storm
Outback Remote, sparsely settled, arid, rural country, especially the central and western plains and plateaus of Australia
Artesian Well A well that is drilled deep enough to tap a layer of porous material filled with groundwater
Atoll A ring-shaped coral island surrounding a lagoon
Geyser A natural hot spring that shoots a column of water and steam into the air
Trust Territory A dependent colony or territory supervised by another country by commission of the United Nations
Crevasse A deep crack in glacial ice
Ice Shelf A massive extension of glacial ice over the sea, often protruding hundreds of miles
Pack Ice Floating sea ice formed by a mix of icebergs with other ice formed in superchilled ocean waters
Convergence Zone An area of severe storms where the frigid waters circulating around Antarctica meet the warmer waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans
Krill Small, shrimplike creatures; food for whales and fish
Sultanate A state ruled by a sultan
Nonaligned Nation A nation that adopted neutrality during the Cold War
Subcontinent A large landmass forming a distinct part of a continent
Alluvial Plain A broad expanse of land along riverbanks, consisting of rich, fertile soil left by floods
Nationalism Pride in one's nation; the desire of a cultural group to rule themselves as a separate nation
Nonviolent Resistance The policy of opposing an enemy or oppressor by any means other that violence
Boycott To refuse to purchase or use a product or service as an expression of disapproval
Partition A division into separate parts
Reincarnation The belief that the soul of a human being or animal goes through a series of births, deaths, rebirths
Caste System A social hierarchy in which a person possesses a distinct rank in society that is determined by birth
Charpoy A wooden bed frame with knotted string in place of a matress
Purdah The practice among Hindu and Muslim women of covering the face with a veil when outside the home
Joint Family System In India, the custom of housing all members of an extended family together
Cottage Industry A small-scale manufacturing operation using little technology, often located in or near people's homes
Hydroelectric Power Electricity that is generated by moving water
Irrigate The watering of farmland with water drawn from reservoirs or rivers
Embankment Dam A wall of soil and rock to hold back water
Buffer State A country that separates two hostile countries
Malnutrition Disease caused by a lack of food or an unbalanced diet
Deforestation The process of stripping the land of its trees
Cottage Industry A small-scale manufacturing operation using little technology, often located in or near people's homes
Irrigate The watering of farmland with water drawn from reservoirs or rivers
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