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5th Grade

Additional Key Terms for 5th Grade

TermDefinition
basin an area surrounded by higher land
butte a flat-topped rock or hill formation with steep sides
canal a narrow waterway built for navigation or irrigation
cape a pointed piece of land that sticks out into a sea, ocean, lake, or river
channel a narrow body of water that connects two larger bodies of water ( ex. the English Channel)
channel may also be part of a river or harbor that is deep enough to let ships sail through
cove a small, sheltered bay
delta a body of land at the mouth of a river, often shaped like a triangle
dune a constantly changing hill or ridge mad e of land and shaped by the wind
estuary where a river meets the sea or ocean
geyser a natural hot spring that occasionally sprays water and steam above the ground
gulf a large area of ocean or sea that is partly surrounded by land
hill a landform that is higher than the land around it, but not as high as a mountain
lake a body of water that is completely surrounded by land
marsh a type of freshwater, brackish water, or saltwater wteland found along rivers, ponds, lakes, and coasts that has plants growing out of the water
oasis a place in the desert that has water and fertile land
peninsula a body of land that is almost surrounded by water
prairie a wide, relatively flat area of land that has grasses and only a few trees
strait a narrow body of water connecting two larger bodies of water
swamp a type of freshwater wetland that has spongy, muddy land with a lot of water and many trees and shrubs
tributary a stream or river that flows into a larger river
wetland an area of land (swamp, marsh, bog, etc.) that is often we and has soil low in oxygen
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