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WorGeo Features1

Different Physical Features

TermDefinition
Mountain natural elevation of the earth's surface rising to a summit, and attaining an altitude greater than a hill
Valley depression between hills or mountains, especially one following the course of a stream
Tundra one of the vast, nearly level, treeless plains of the arctic regions
Forest a large tract of land covered with trees and underbrush
Basin circular container that becomes smaller toward the bottom, used to hold water
Rain Forest tropical area of tall, densely growing evergreen trees in an area of high annual rainfall
Jungle wild land overgrown with dense vegetation, often nearly impenetrable
Atoll ring shaped coral reef or a string of closely spaced small coral islands, enclosing a shallow lagoon
Archipelago large group or chain of islands
Peninsula area of land almost completely surrounded by water except for an isthmus connecting it to the mainland
Plain area of land with relatively minor differences in elevation
Butte isolated hill or mountain rising abruptly above the surrounding land
Canyon deep valley with steep sides, often with stream flowing through
Volcano mountain usually having a cup-like crater at the summit, formed around such a vent in the earth's crust through lava
Hill natural elevation of earth's surface, smaller than a mountain
Plateau land area having a relatively level surface considerably raised above adjoining land on at least one side
Beach expanse of sand or pebbles along a shore
Mesa land formation, less extensive than a plateau, having steep walls and relatively flat top found in southwestern U.S. and Mexico
Isthmus narrow strip of land, bordered on both sides of water, connecting two larger bodies of land
Prairie extensive, level or slightly undulating, mostly treeless tract of land in Mississippi Valley, highly fertile soil covered by grass
Island tract of land completely surrounded by water, not large enough to be called a continent
Cliff high steep face of a rock
Dune sand hill or ridge formed by wind in desert regions
Desert arid region with little rainfall and sparse vegetation
Cape piece of land jutting into sea or water
Created by: ddenson80