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Vocabulary 1

Kansas History Words to Understand Chapter 1

QuestionAnswer
absolute location location description using longitude and latitude.
aquifer a layer of rock that holds water underground
arid lacking moisture, dry
basin land drained by a river system
conterminous contained in the same boundaries
cuesta a ridge with a gentle slope (dip) on one side and a steep slope (scarp) on the other
cultivate to prepare the land for planting crops
drought a prolonged period of below average precipitation
ecosystem a community of living things that depend on each other in order to function as a unit
erosion the process of breaking down, as in the breakdown of rock by wind and water
folklore traditional beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a people
organic material derived from living organisms
physical feature the natural landforms and characteristics of a place
physiographic region land regions that were formed by similar geologic processes
precipitation the amount of water in the air that falls to the earth as rain or snow
primary source something made or written by someone who was there at the time; an original record
region a portion of the earth's surface distinguished from others by some characteristic
relative location location description using a place's location in relation to other places
sediment material such as stones and sand deposited by water, wind, or glacier
shelterbelt a barrier of trees and shrubs that protects against the wind and reduces erosion
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