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Geo H Chap.2

TermDefinition
Primate city A country’s largest city
Indigenous Aboriginal or native
NAFTA The free-trade launched in 1994 involving the United States, Canada, and Mexico
Borderland General term for a linear zone that parallels a political boundary
Maquiladora The term given to modern industrial plants in Mexico’s U.S. border zone
Land bridge A narrow isthmian link between two large land masses
Archipelago A set of islands grouped closely together, usually elongated into a chain
Hurricane Alley The most frequent pathway followed by tropical storms and hurricanes over the past 150 years
Altitudinal zonation Vertical regions defined by physical-environmental zones at various elevations, particularly in highlands of South and Middle America
Tropical deforestation The clearing of tropical rainforests in order to make way for expanding settlement frontiers and the exploitation of few new economic opportunities
Culture hearth Heartland, source area , or innovation center; place of origin of a major culture
Mestizo Refers to a person of mixed European and Amerindian ancestry
Hacienda A large estate in a Spanish speaking country
Plantations A large estate owned by an individual that is used to produce cash crop
Connectivity The degree of direct linkage between a particular location and other locations within a regional, national, or global transportation network
Small- island developing economies The additional disadvantages faced by lower- income island- states because of their often small territorial size and populations as well as overland inaccessibility
Economies of small scale The savings that accrue from large-scale production wherein the unit cost manufacturing decreases as the level of operation enlarges
Economic integration The economic benefits of forging supranational partnerships among three or more countries.
Acculturation Cultural modification resulting from intercultural borrowing.
Transculturation Cultural borrowing and two-way exchanges they occur when different cultures of approximately equal complexity and technological level come into close contact.
Ejidos Mexican farmlands redistributed to peasant communities after the Revolution of 1910-1917
Biodiversity hot spot A much higher than usual, world-class geographic concentration of natural plant and/or animal species
Offshore banking Term referring to financial havens for foreign companies and individuals, who channel their earnings to accounts in such a country to avoid paying taxes in their home countries
Remittances Money earned by emigrants that is sent back to family and friends in their home country, mostly in cash; forms an economy in poorer countries
Intermodal transport system One that smoothly integrates different surface transportation modes
Social stratification In a layered or stratified society, the population is divided into a hierarchy of social
Mulatto A person of mixed African and European ancestry
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