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Shirley Geography 1

geography definitions

TermDefinition
archipelago a large group or chain of islands
atlas a book of maps or charts
atoll a ring-shaped reef, island, or chain of islands formed of coral that encircles a lagoon
bay a body of water partly enclosed by land; usually smaller than a gulf
canal an artificial, long, narrow strip of water made to allow the passage of boats or ships or for irrigaIon
canyon a deep and narrow valley with very steep sides; usually created by water erosion as a river moves between the canyon walls
continent any of the world’s large expanses of land
delta a flat, low-lying land built up from sand, silt, and small rocks that are carried downstream by a river and deposited at its mouth
desert a dry, waterless, barren area of land, often covered with sand, that has little or no trees and a low average yearly rainfall
equator an imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from the North and South Poles that divides the earth into northern and southern hemispheres
glacier a large, long-lastIng river of dense, slow-moving ice
island a piece of land surrounded by water
isthmus a narrow strip of land with water on both sides that joins two larger land masses
lagoon a shallow body of water along a coastline that is separated from a larger body of water by barrier islands or reefs
Created by: lshirley