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Chapter 2 Vocab

landform shapes and types of land
mountain landforms that rise more than 2000 feet above sea level
hill raised landform, lower and less steep than mountains
plateau large, elevated piece of flat land
plain large areas of flat or gently rolling land
plate tectonics theory of the movement of the continents
plate huge pieces of the crust
weathering process that breaks rocks down into tiny pieces
erosion small pieces of rock are carried to new places
atmosphere thick layer of special gases surrounding the Earth
natural resource anything from Earth people use in meeting their needs
raw material resources that must be changed in some way to make them useful
recyclable resource resources that are recycled through the environment naturally
renewable resource resources that can be replaced
nonrenewable resource resources that cannot be replaced
fossil fuel fuels created millions of years ago from the remains of prehistoric plants and animals
weather day-to-day changes in the air
temperature how hot or cold the air feels
precipitation water that falls to the ground (rain, hail, sleet, snow)
climate average weather of a place over many years
vegetation plants that grow naturally in an area
Created by: pacharisj