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Geography Vocab 1

Part 1 (Words 1-25)

Absolute location exact location of a place on the earth described by global coordinates
Basin area of land drained by a given river and its branches’ area of land surrounded by lands of higher elevations
Bay part of a large body of water that extends into a shoreline, generally smaller than a gulf
Canyon deep and narrow valley with steep walls
Cape point of land that extends into a river, lake, or ocean
Channel wide strait or waterway between two landmasses that lie close to each other; deep part of a river or other waterway
Cliff steep, high wall of rock, earth, or ice
Continent one of the seven large landmasses on the earth
Delta flat, low
Divide stretch of high land that separates river systems
Downstream direction in which a river or stream flows from its source to its mouth
Elevation height of land above sea level
Equator imaginary line that runs around the earth halfway between the North and South Poles used as the starting point to measure degrees of north and south latitude.
Glacier large, thick body of slowly moving ice
Gulf part of a large body of water that extends into a shoreline, generally larger and more deeply indented than a bay
Harbor a sheltered place along a shoreline where ships can anchor safely
Highland elevated land such as a hill, mountain, or plateau
Hill elevated land with sloping sides and rounders summit; generally smaller than a mountain
Island land area, smaller than a continent, completely surrounded by water
Isthmus narrow stretch of land connecting two larger land areas
Lake as sizeable inland body of water
Latitude distance north or south of the Equator, measured in degrees
Longitude Distance east or west of the Prime Meridian, measured in degrees
Lowland land, usually level, at a low elevation
Map drawing of the earth shown on a flat surface
Meridian one of many lines on the global grid running from the North Pole to the South Pole; used to measure degrees of longitude
Created by: kelang



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