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Unit 1 Landforms

TermDefinition
Basin Piece of land surrounded by higher land
Bay Large body of water that extends into a shoreline, usually smaller than a gulf
Canyon Deep narrow valley with steep walls
Cape Piece of land that connects into a river, lake, or ocean
Channel WIDE waterway between TWO landmasses
Cliff Steep, high wall of rock, earth or ice
Delta Result of erosion, soil is carried down stream to the end of a rive r and makes more land
Divide Stretch of high land that separates where water goes
Glacier Large, THICK body of SLOWLY moving piece of ice
Gulf Larger than a bay, body of water the extends into a shoreline
Harbor Sheltered place along the shore where ships can dock, can be man made
Hill Elevated piece of land sloping side and rounding summit, smaller than a mountain
Island Piece of land that is COMPLETELY surrounded by water
Isthmus NARROW piece of land that connects two larger pieces of land
Lake Reasonable size of a body water that is usually inland
Mesa A broad, flat - topped with steep sides smaller than a plateau
Moutain Land with steep sides that arise into a sharp point
Mountain Range A series of CONNECTED moutains
Ocean One of four major bodies of SALT water,surrounds the continents
Peninsula A piece of land that is surrounded three sides by water
Plain An area of leveled ground it is often covered in grass
Plateau An area with flat land and high elevation
River Large natural stream of water that runs through the land
River Mouth Where the river flows into a larger body of water
Sea Large body of water completely or partly surrounded by land
Strait NARROW body of water that connects to larger bodies of WATER
Tributary Small stream or river that flows into a larger stream or river, a branch of a big river
Valley An area of low land between hills or mountains
Volcano Mountain or hill created as liquid rock and ash erupt from inside the earth
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