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land/water features

know the names of specific land forms and bodies of water

TermDefinition
canyon A narrow, deep valley with steep sides.
delta A triangular area of land formed from deposits at the mouth of a river.
desert A dry area where few plants grow.
mesa A wide, flat-topped mountain with steep sides, larger than a butte.
marsh Soft, wet low-lying, grassy land that serves as a transition between water and land.
flood plain Flat land near the edges of rivers formed by mud and silt, deposited by floods.
mountain Natural elevation of Earth's surface with steep sides and greater height than a hill.
oasis A spot of fertile land in a desert, fed by water from wells or underground springs.
plateau A broad, flat area of land higher than the surrounding land.
prairie A large, level area of grassland with few or no trees.
steppe A wide, treeless plain.
valley Low land between hills or mountains.
island A body of land that is completely surrounded by water.
Peninsula A long stretch of land that sticks out into the water.
Sea A body of water that is not as large as an ocean.
Isthmus A narrow strip of land that joins two larger bodies of land.
Ocean One of the largest bodies of water on the earth.
Strait A narrow strip of water that joins two larger bodies of water.
Gulf or Bay A place where a sea of ocean makes an indentation in the shoreline.
Created by: betsywellman