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Ch. 24-27 Vocabulary

World Geography

Sahel The region in Africa just south of the Sahara.
Colonialism The system by which countries set up colonies to secure sources of raw materials and markets for their products.
Plateau An area of high, flat land.
Escarpment A steep cliff that separates two level areas of differing elevations.
Chaparral A type of natural vegetation that is adapted to Mediterranean climates; small evergreen trees and low bushes, or scrub.
Savanna A tropical grassland with scattered trees, located in the warm lands near the Equator.
Oral History History passed down by word of mouth.
Nomadic Herding The practice of moving flocks to a different pastures throughout the year.
Leaching The dissolving and washing away of nutrients in the soil.
Land Degradation Reduction in the productive potential of the land.
Population Density The average number of people living in a given area.
Delta The land that forms at the mouth of some rivers by soil that is dropped as the river slows and enters the sea.
Fellaheen Egyptian peasants.
Sandstorm A windstorm that blows hot air, dust, and grit.
Bazaar An open-air market; a street lined with shops and stalls.
Basin Irrigation In Egypt, a system by which water and silt were controlled by embankments and time-released to irrigation farmlands.
Reservoir A natural or artificial lake used to collect water for human needs.
Perennial Irrigation An irrigation system system that provides necessary water to the land throughout the year.
Capital Wealth in the form of money or property owned or used in business.
Wadi A usually dry riverbed or gully that temporarily holds water from a sudden downpour.
Caravan A large group of merchants who join together to travel in safety.
Medina The old section of a North African city, usually centered around a mosque.
Souk A market in an Arab community.
Shifting Agriculture The practice of farming a site until the soil is exhausted, then moving on to a new site.
Forage Food for grazing animals
Deforestation The process of stripping the land of its tree
Desertification The transformation of arable land into desert either naturally or through human intervention.
Refugee A person who flees his or her country to escape danger or unfair treatment
Landlocked Almost or entirely surrounded by land; cut off from the sea
Inland Delta An area of lakes, creeks, and swamps away from the ocean.
Coup The sudden overthrow of a ruler or government, often involving violent force or the threat of force
Ancestor Worship The belief that respecting and honoring one's ancestors will cause them to live on in the spirit world after death.
Animism The religious belief that such things as the sky, rivers, and trees contain gods or spirits
World Bank An agency of the United Nations that provides loans to countries for development projects.
International Monetary Fund An agency of the United Nations that provides loans to countries for development projects
Structural Adjustment Program A program to reform the structure of an economy
Watershed A dividing ridge between two basins
Mercenary A professional soldier hired by a foreign country.
Bartar The exchange of goods without money
Harambee A policy of cooperation adopted in Kenya after independence to encourage economic growth
Pyrethrum A pesticide produced from certain flowers
Malnutrition disease caused by a lack of food or an unbalanced diet
Strategic Value Importance of a place or thing for nations panning military actions
Ethnocracy A system of government in which one ethnic group rules over others
Villagization A political movement by which rural people are forced to move to towns and work on collective farms
Apartheid Formerly in the republic of south Africa, the policy of strict racial segregation
Segregation The separation of the races
Sanction An action taken by the international community to punish a country for unacceptable behaviors
Enclave A country completely surrounded by another country
White Flight The departure of white people from a region
Land Redistribution A policy by which land is taken from those who own large amounts and redistributed to those who have little or none
Created by: Grace Scott