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World Geo: Vocab#2

TermDefinition
Mount McKinley the highest point on the continent
Rocky Mountains mountains that stretch from New Mexico all the way to Alaska 3000+ miles long
Canadian Shield a giant core of rock centered on the Hudson and James Bays
Appalachian Mountains North America's oldest mountains, the second largest mountain range on the continent
divide a high point or ridge that determines the direction in which rivers flow
headwaters a source or water in the Rocky Mountains
tributaries a smaller river or stream that connects with a larger body of water
Mississippi River one of North America's longest rivers, it flows 2350+ miles from it source
fall line a boundary that marks the place where the higher land of the Piedmont drops to the lower Atlantic Coastal Plain
Great Lakes lakes formed by glacier dams
fossil fuels coal, petroleum, and natural gas
fisheries bodies of water that were rich of fish and shellfish
aquaculture fish farming
Death Valley has the highest temp ever recorded in the U.S. (134 degrees F)
Everglades a swamp or wetland that shelters a great variety of vegetation and wildlife
chaparral Mediterranean scrub vegetation
hurricanes ocean storms hundreds of miles wide with winds of 74 mph or more
Prairies naturally treeless expanses of grasses that spread across the Great Plains of the continent midsection
supercells violent spring and summer thunderstorms
Great Plains in the center of the continent and have bitterly cold winters and very hot summers
timberline the elevation above which trees cannot grow
chinook warm, dry winds in the early spring
blizzards winds of more than 35 mph with heavy, blowing snow, and visibility of less than 1320 feet for 3 hours or more
Newfoundland a region of a continent
Yukon Territory Territory owned by the Yukon
immigration the movement of people into one country form another
Sunbelt nickname for a place because of its mild climate
urbanization the movement of people from rural areas to cities
metropolitan area a city with a population of at least 50,000 people and outlying communities
suburbs outlying communities the includes at least 50,000 people
urban sprawl a metropolitan area that has become crowded and it lead to the further spread of people and suburban development
megalopolis a chain of closely linked metropolitan areas
dry farming a method of cultivating land to catch and hold rainwater
Underground Railroad an informal network of safe houses
literacy rate the percentage of people who read and write
bilingual people know can speak more than one language
jazz type of music that blends African rhythms with European harmonies
Los Angelos a city in California
New York City a city in new york
Maritime Provinces a province of the U.S.
province a political unit similar to a state
Inuit Arctic native peoples of North America
Prairie Provinces a province of Manitoba
Montreal an industrial and shipping center
Vancouver a place that handles trade between Canada and Asia
Edmonton a place that grew with the development of the petroleum industry
Nunavut means "Our Land."
dominion a partially self-governing country with close ties to Great Britain
North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have eliminated tariffs and other trade terriories
Parliament the national legislature
separatism the breaking away of one part of a country to create a separate, independent country
Quebecois Quebec's French speaking inhabitants
Created by: amauri.021
 

 



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