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SS Chap 1

America's Land

geography the study of the world and the people and things that live there
landform a feature on the surface of land, such as a mountain, valley, and plain
plateau a high steep-sided area rising above the surrounding land.
climate type of weather a place has over a long period of time
equator the imaginary line around the middle of the Earth
What questions do geographers ask? where people live? How people and the land affect each other?
Which plains are along the gulf of Mexico? Gulf and Atlantic Plains
capital resource a tool machine or building people use to make goods and services
human resource is a person and the skill or knowledge they bring to a job
scarcity not having as much as people would like
opportunity cost the thing you give up to have something else
conservation the protection and wise use of natural resources
What is the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources? renewable--can be replaced nonrenewable--cannot be replaced
Name three natural resources air, water, soil
What type of resource are trees?Explain renewable--we can plant more
What is an example of nonrenewable resources?Explain oil--once its gone its gone!!
region an area that has one or more features in common
economy is the system people use to produce goods and services
specialization happens when people make the goods they are best able to produce with the resources in their region
consumer is someone who buys goods and services
trade buying and selling of goods
How are regions grouped? climate, location, culture, activities
Create and share a web for each of the 4 US regions
environment the surrounding in which people, plants, and animals live
erosion the process by which water and wind wear away land
pollution anything that makes the soil, air, or water dirty and unhealthy
ecosystem a community of plants and animals along with the surrounding soil, air and water
How can natural forces change the land? hurricanes, floods, sand...
Why is a city like San Diego California an important economy for the United States? the big harbor is good for shipping and trade
How do human activities affect our environment? Think: pollution, mining, home building, shipping...
Created by: Team 5th