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Geog. Dict. Part III

Geographic Dictionary - Part III

meridian one of the many lines on the global grid running from the North Pole to the South Pole; used to measure degrees of longitude
mesa broad, flat-topped land form with steep sides; smaller than a plateau
mountain land with steep sides that rises sharply (1,000 feet or more) from surrounding land; generally larger and more rugged than a hill
mountain peak pointed top of a mountain
mountain range a series of connected mountains
mouth (of a river) place where a stream or river flows into a larger body of water
ocean one of the four major bodies of salt water that surround the continents
ocean current stream of either cold or warm water that moves in a definite directions through an ocean
parallel one of many lines on the global grid that circles the Earth north or south of the Equator; used to measure degrees of latitude
peninsula body of land jutting into a lake or ocean, surrounded on three sides by water
physical feature characteristic of a place occurring naturally, such as a land form, body of water, climate pattern, or resource
plain area of level land, usually at low elevation and often covered with grasses
plateau area of flat or rolling land at a high elevation, about 300 to 3,000 feet (90 to 900m) high


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