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World Geography

Unit two vocabulary words

TermDefinition
Plateau A plateau is a flat, elevated landform that rises sharply above surrounding area on at least one side
Plain A plain is a broad area of relatively flat land
Isthmus An isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connects two larger landmasses and separates two bodies of water
Continental shelf A continental shelf is the edge of a continent that lies under the ocean
Trench Ocean trenches are long, narrow depressions on the seafloor
Desalinization process that removes the excess salt and other minerals from water in order to obtain fresh water
Groundwater water that is under the ground to fill the spaces between sediments and cracks in rock.
Delta landform where the mouth of a river flows into an ocean, sea, desert, estuary, lake or another river. It is formed by sediment carried by the river being deposited in the wider mouth
Water Cycle The water cycle is the process of water moving around between the air and land.
Evaporation Evaporation is the process by which a liquid turns into a gas.
Condensation Condensation is the process where water vapor becomes liquid
Acid Rain form of air pollution. When harmful gases in the air mix with oxygen and water in the air and comes down in rain , its called Acid rain.
Death rate Ratio of numbers of death compared to the total number of people.
Birthrate number of babies born compared to the total number of people
Doubling time number of years it takes a population to double
Population distribution Geographical pattern of where people live.
Population density average number of people living in one square mile or kilometer
Urban city areas , which are densely populated
Rural Country side are which have less population
Emigrate is leaving one's country or area to go live in another
Immigrate Immigration means people moving into another country to live
Refugee Refugees are people who must leave their home area for their own safety or survival
Urbanization is the movement of population into cities and away from rural areas
Megalopolis Very large city also called Supercity sometimes.
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