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World Geography

Chapter 17 terms

Hub A central point of concentrated activity and influence. In Spain, over the years such central control grew easier as Madrid became the hub.
Renaissance A great period of art and learning that started in Italy in the 1300s and was diffused throughout Europe. Florence is a cultural center that was made famous by famous painters such as Michelangelo during the Renaissance.
Tsunami Giant sea waves. When evacuating in Greece near Crete, people found that oil lamps were turned over from tsunamis.
Dry Farming Methods that leave land unplanted every few years in order to gather moisture. Many farmers in Meseta grow wheat and barley using different dry farming methods.
Seismic Activity To have many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Aeolian Island, off the southern toe of Italy, have recent sightings of seismic activity.
Graben Areas of land that have dropped down between faults, were flooded. The Aegean Sea which is to the East of the main occupies a graben.
Plume Very hot spot in Earth's mantle. The Hawaiian Islands over million years, have developed as a plume.
Sirocco Hot, dry winds from northern Africa. Parts of southeastern Spain are much drier than the rest of the country due to siroccos.
Subsidence A geological phenomenon in which the ground in an area sinks. Venice in Italy suffers from problems of pollution or subsidence.
Inhabitable Able to support permanent residents. Out of Greece's hundreds of islands, fewer than two hundred of these islands are inhabitable.
Columnar Rocks Volcanic rocks that split into columns as the lava cools. Lava flows and can form amazing rock formations, such as columnar rocks.
Navigable Deep and wide enough to allow ships to pass through. Of all of the rivers that flow across the Meseta, only the Guadalquivir is navigable.
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