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Geographic Terms

TermDefinition
archipelago a chain or set of islands grouped together .
cape Point of land extending into a body of water .
delta A triangle-shaped area of rich soil near the mouth of a river.
desert A dry region that may be sandy usually with little vegetation.
glacier A large mass of ice that moves very slowly through a valley or down a mountain.
harbor A sheltered area of water where ships can anchor safely
island a body of land surrounded by water
isthmus A narrow strip of land with water on both sides that connects two larger land areas
lake A body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land
mountain range A group or chain of connected mountains
oasis A fertile place in the desert where there us water and some vegetation
peninsula An area of land extending into a body of water, water on three side
plain A large, flat or gently rolling area of land
plateau An elevated piece of land with a flat top
river A large stream of water that flows into a lake, ocean or other large bodies of water
strait A narrow channel of water joining two larger bodies of water
swamp low, wet, spongy land that supports a wide variety of plant life
tributary A small stream or river that flows into a larger river
valley The low land between hills or mountains
volcano A mountain that may erupt and release hot liquid or lava along with ash and gas from the top
Created by: aCarlson06