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Ch. 17 Sect. 1 Vocab

South Asia Geography & History

TermDefinition
subcontinent separate region of a continent
plate a rigid section of Earth's crust that can move independently
delta an area where a river deposits sediment as it empties into a larger body of water
elevation the height of a physical feature above sea level
subsistence farmer farmers who grow food for their families to eat, not to sell
monsoon a seasonal wind that brings intense rainfall during part of the year
evaporation the process of water turning into vapor and rising into the atmosphere due to the sun's heating; part of the hydrologic cycle
drought a long period with little or no precipitation
arable fertile; suitable for farming
famine a long period of food shortage
sustainable capable of being continued without damaging the environment or using up resources permanently
conservation the protection of the environment
ecosystem a community of living organisms and their natural environment, or habitat
pollution chemical or physical waste that creates an unclean or dirty environment
sanitation measures such as sewers to protect public health
aquifer a layer of rock beneath Earth that contains water
Created by: ltandbob