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U.S. Geography

Virginia Standards of Learning for US History to 1865 covering SOLs 2a, 2c, 2d

TermDefinition
Ocean a large body of salt water that surrounds a continent
Pacific Ocean an early exploration destination located between the continents of North and South America and Asia and Australia
Atlantic Ocean served as a highway for explorers, early settlers, and immigrants
River a large, flowing body of water that usually empties into a sea or ocean
Columbia River body of water located in the Northwestern part of North America that was explored by Lewis and Clark
Colorado River body of water located in the Southwestern part of the United States and was explored by the Spanish
Rio Grande body of water that forms the border between the United States and Mexico
Missouri River like the Mississippi River, a body of water that was used to transport farm and industrial products and was a link to ports and other parts of the world
Mississippi River like the Missouri River, a body of water that was used to transport farm and industrial products and was a link to ports and other parts of the world
Ohio River a body of water that was known as the gateway to the west
St. Lawrence River a body of water that forms the northeastern border with Canada and connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean
Lake a large body of water surrounded by land on all sides
Gulf a body of water that is a part of the ocean (or sea) that is partly surrounded by land (usually larger than a bay)
Great Lakes inland port cities in the Midwest grew up along this group of five freshwater lakes
Gulf of Mexico body of water that provided the French and Spanish with exploration routes to Mexico and other parts of America
Tributary a body of water that flows into a larger body of water
Bay an area of water usually surrounded by land on three sides; smaller than a gulf
Continents large land masses surrounded by water of which there are seven
Island an area of land surrounded by water on all sides
Plateau a flat area of land with a high elevation compared to the land surrounding it
Mountain a land mass with a high elevation that is often jagged and rocky or covered in trees or snow
Plains an area of land that is usually flat but might have a few hills, plateaus, valleys, or even mountains
Hill a land mass with a higher elevation but smaller and less jagged and rocky than mountains
Peninsula an area of land surrounded by water on three sides
Europe land mass that is considered a continent even though it is not entirely surrounded by water
Eurasia the combined continents of Europe and Asia are frequently known by this name
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