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Geography Key Terms

Key Terms “North America”

Borderland General term for a linear zone that parallels a political boundary. The most dynamic of these areas, such as those lining the U.S. - Mexico border, are marked by significant cultural and economic interactions across the boundary that separates them
Physiographic regions A region within which there prevails substantial natural-landscape homogeneity, expresses by a certain degree of uniformity in surface relief, climate, and soils.
Rain shadow effect (include where) The relative dryness in areas downwind of mountain ranges resulting from orographic precipitation, wherein mist air masses are forced tiro deposit most of their water content as they cross the highlands.
Fossil fuel The energy resources of coal, natura; gas, and petroleum (oil), so named collectively because they were formed by the geologic compression and transformation of tiny plant and animal organisms.
American Manufacturing Belt North America’s near-rectangular core area, whose corners are boston, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Baltimore.
Outer City The non-central-city portion of the American metropolis; no longer “sub” to the “urb,” this outer ring was transformed into a full-fledged city during the late twentieth century.
Deindustrialization By which companies relocate manufacturing Jonás to other regions or countries With cheaper labor, leaving the newly-deindustrialized region to convert to a service Economy while struggling with the accompanying effects of increased unemployment
Gentrification The upgrading of an older residential area through private reinvestment, usually in the downtown area of a central city. Frequently, this involves the displacement of established lower-income residents, who cannot affor the heightened costs of living
Sunbelt The popular name given to the southern tier of the United States, which is anchored by the mega-States of California, Texas, and Florida.
Melting Pot Traditional characterization of American society as a blend of numerous immigrant ethnic groups that over time were assimilated into a single societal mainstream.
First Nations Name given Canada’s indigenous peoples of American descent, whose U.S. counterparts are called Native Americans.
Devolution (include an example) The process whereby regions within a state demand and gain political strength and growing autonomy at the expense of the central government. Ex: United Kingdom
Central Business District The downtown heart of a central city; marked by high land values, a concentration of business and commerce, and the clustering of the tallest buildings.
Technopole A planned techno-industrial compels (such as California’s Silicon Valley) that innovates, promotes and manufactures the products of the postindustrial information economy.
World-city A large city with particularly significant international (economic) linkages that also gas a high ranking in the global urban system. Leading world-cities include London. New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, and Paris.
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